Doctor of Nursing Practice – Application Process

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice – Application Process

Steps for Applying to the Post-MSN DNP Program

The UCA School of Nursing receives applications for admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (NursingCAS), provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Select the “Apply” link at
  2. Create an account and log in to your secure NursingCAS online application. When creating an account, be sure to click ‘yes’to the question: “Are you applying to a graduate level program in nursing?”.
  3. When logged in, complete all ‘Required’ items on the ‘Application Checklist’ as directed by the NursingCAS website. This includes arranging for all official transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS.
  4. Upload the following documents into NursingCAS. In the document upload section, please upload and designate University of Central Arkansas:
    • Documentation of unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
    • Scholarly Writing Sample
    • Personal Statement
    • Verification of precepted clinical hours from master’s program of study Clinical-Practice-Hour-Validation-DNP


Scholarly Writing Sample: Student will prepare a scholarly writing sample based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s publication, Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Students should read the document, select one essential and describe how the selected essential influenced the student’s decision to pursue the Post Master’s DNP. Students will be asked to utilize APA formatting to compose their response. The Essentials document can be assessed here: Scholarly writing rubric: Scholarly-Writing-Rubric-2019

Personal Statement  – In 1,000 words or less, please write a well-crafted statement about how you plan to fit the rigors and time commitment of graduate education into your life situation of work and family. Topics to include are: 1) Time management–The DNP coursework is rigorous, requiring a minimum of 15 hours per week for each 3-hour course. Students typically take 2 courses per semester. During the clinical courses, expect to spend an additional 12-13 hours per week over 15 weeks to obtain the required course hour requirements. 2) Personal life management: The DNP program will require adjustments to your current work and family life. It is important to consider how you will integrate graduate school demands into your current life situation. Personal Statement rubric: Personal-Statement-Rubric-2019

  • All written documents must be:
    • Submit as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file
    • Double-spaced
    • 12-point font (Times New Roman)
    • APA (6th ed.) format for in-text citations and reference
  1. In NursingCAS, be sure to designate the University of Central Arkansas in the ‘Designation’ section of the application. NursingCAS charges $65 for your application.
  2. International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (required minimum of 83 or higher on the iBT). The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Scores should be sent directly to the UCA School of Nursing (attention Rose Schlosser).
  3. Once the applications period closes, completed applications will be screened and selected applicants will be invited to interview. Once all applicants are interviewed, notification of acceptance will be sent.
  4. Applicants will have 2 weeks to accept the offer.
  5. Once the applicant has accepted a position, the student will need to apply to the UCA Graduate School. The application fee is $25 and can be accessed online at:

Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to insure ALL required application documents and official transcripts are uploaded, completed,  and received by NursingCAS on or before the deadline of  March 1, 2019.  Incomplete non-verified applications will not be considered.

Post-acceptance enrollment Requirements: Once accepted, candidates must complete the following before enrolling in courses:

  1. Complete a background check, as directed by the School of Nursing, with favorable results.
  2. Provide proof of required immunizations.
  3. Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
  4. Upload Child Abuse Registry Check results.
  5. Attend 2 day on-campus orientation to the program. Dates to be determined
  6. Provide proof of HIPPA and Infection Control training.

If any of the above requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.

Questions regarding the NursingCAS application process should be directed to the NursingCAS Customer Service team. Please direct questions about program/application requirements to:

Ms. Rose Schlosser, M.Ed.

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