Doctor of Family Practice (DNP) - Frequently Askes Questions

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Can I apply for the DNP program if I am not a nurse practitioner already?

No. Applicants for the DNP program must be practicing Family Nurse Practitioners. Individuals who are Nurse Practitioners but are not Family Nurse Practitioners are eligible to apply for our certificate of advanced study . Upon achieving the FNP license our CAS graduates are eligible to enter the DNP program directly. The DNP and CAS program are only open to nurse practitioners.  Individuals with a master’s degree in nursing that are not nurse practitioners (ie. Masters in Nursing Education) are eligible to apply to the master’s program and may have some coursework considered for transfer credit. 

If I am a nurse practitioner but not a Family Nurse Practitioner am I eligible for admission to the DNP program?

Individuals who are Nurse Practitioners but are not Family Nurse Practitioners are eligible to apply for our certificate of advanced study. Upon achieving the FNP license our CAS graduates are eligible to enter the DNP program directly. The DNP and CAS program are only open to nurse practitioners.

Do I have to complete a dissertation if I enroll in the DNP program?

No. The DNP program culminates in a clinically relevant DNP project that has multiple components but is not a dissertation. 

When does the program admit students?

The program is currently admitting for January 2021.  Applications will be open until October 15, 2020.  

Do post masters applicants to the DNP have to take the GRE?

No. The DNP program does not require the GRE for post masters admissions.  

Last Updated 7/1/20

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