Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements:  The UCA DNP Degree is a post-Master's degree with the following admission requirements:

  • A Master's degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program.
  • Current unencumbered RN license (or APN license and hold national specialty certification, as appropriate).
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • An official score of 79 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam is required of applicants not born in the United States or in a country where English is the official language.  The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years.  Obly iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing center will be accepted as valid.
  • An undergraduate level statistics course within the last 5 years with a grade of "B" or above.
  • Curriculum vitae'.
  • Complete the interview process.
  • Meet all UCA Graduate School admission requirements.
  • Essay (guidelines will be provided).
  • Three references (work and academic references).
  • Satisfactory criminal background check through the Department of Nursing provider.
  • Transfer of no more than 6 credit hours toward degree requirements.