Doctor of Nursing Practice – Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements post BSN to DNP FNP

Admission to the DNP program is selective and competitive. The minimal requirements for application are:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program (graduates of non-accredited schools will be evaluated individually).
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 (4.00 scale) or 3.00 on last 60 hours of earned credit.
  3. Current unencumbered registered nurse license in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
  4. Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to score 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing center will be accepted as valid.
  5. A completed application.

Admission to the post BSN-DNP program will be based on the following:

  • GPA (50%)
  • Personal Interview (25%)
  • Scholarly Writing Sample (15%)
  • Personal Essay (10%)

 To complete the application, refer to the Application Process tab and follow the directions as listed.

Admission Requirements post MSN to DNP

Admission to the DNP program is selective and competitive. The minimal requirements for application are:

  1. An earned master’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program (graduates of non-accredited schools will be evaluated individually).
  2. Minimum cumulative graduate GPA at or higher than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Current unencumbered registered nurse license in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
  4. Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to score 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing center will be accepted as valid.
  5. Documentation of a minimum of 280 supervised clinical hours with a preceptor during the masters nursing program
  6. A completed application.

Admission to the Post-Master’s DNP program will be based on the following:

  • GPA (50%)
  • Personal Interview (25%)
  • Scholarly Writing Sample (15%)
  • Personal Essay (10%)

 To complete the application, refer to the Application Process tab and follow the directions as listed.