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Eligibility and Requirements

Review the eligibility and requirements for KU's Doctor of Nursing Practice post-master's degree.

Admission Criteria

The KU School of Nursing selects applicants who, in the judgment of the Student Admission and Progression Committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, integrity and motivation necessary for successful advanced practice or functional area leadership in nursing. In addition, the committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic and socioeconomic diversity to the class.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Completion of a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  • Minimum cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to applicants with a 3.25 in the master's program.
  • Potential for leadership and application of scholarship in nursing.
  • National specialty certification is required for all nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife applicants. For all other specialties, national certification is preferred but not required.
  • Graduate-level statistics course (may be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of enrollment).
  • Satisfactory criminal background check, to be completed once an offer of admission has been extended to the applicant.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis. Space in the School of Nursing graduate programs is limited, and admission is competitive.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for study at the University of Kansas Medical Center whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the academic format of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the first semester of enrollment. When submitting test scores to KU Medical Center, please submit only original scores sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies will not be accepted. For testing purposes, the ETS school code is 6895. Contact the Office of International Programs for more information.

KU School of Nursing

KU School of Nursing
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