DNP Admissions

You can complete your DNP program in as little as 2 years.

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Admission Requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Program

  1. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  2. Hold a Master’s degree in nursing or related field from a nationally accredited program.
  3. For students with foreign transcripts, an evaluation* is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score.
  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in prior graduate-level coursework.
  5. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S. and its territories.
  6. Satisfactory criminal background check after acceptance.

Application Requirements for Graduate Nursing Programs

Completed applications are due:

  • The first Monday in July for the fall trimester.
  • The first Monday in November for the spring trimester.
  • The first Monday in March for the summer trimester.

Only completed applications will be reviewed.

Complete applications include all the necessary items listed below. Transfer credit petition is optional.

  • Complete the Appropriate Online Application Form

    DNP APPLICATION

    Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and documentation as early as possible. Applications are reviewed by the School of Nursing Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC). GSAC decisions will be communicated via email. Spots in the program are given on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications.

  • Application Fee

    A $50 application fee is required to accompany your completed application to Graceland University.

    The application fee is nonrefundable unless requested within three business days of Graceland receiving the fee. You can pay the application fee online or with a check. If paying with a check, it should be made payable to Graceland University and mailed to the address below.

    Documentation can be submitted via email (admissions@graceland.edu) or mail. If you are mailing your documentation, you may choose to wait and send it all in one packet, or you may send each item as you receive/complete it.

    Please allow five to seven business days for mail. Please use the following address:

    Graceland University
    1401 W. Truman Rd.
    Independence, MO 64050
    Attn: Admissions

  • Official Transcripts

    Electronic transcripts are acceptable but only from Docufide, Script-Safe, Parchment, Student Clearinghouse and/or the issuing institution. These transcripts can be sent to admissions@graceland.edu or Graceland University – Independence Campus. If sending by mail, official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent from the institution or issuing service. See below for the required transcripts:

    • DNP applicants: We require your MSN transcript only. If you are petitioning for master’s/doctoral level transfer credit, we also require a transcript showing that coursework (ex. you earned your MSN from Blue University, but you took other coursework at Gold University, we would require both transcripts).
  • Verification of an Active U.S. Nursing License

    A license verification report can be found on the Nursys® website under the QuickConfirm License Verification tab. You may also visit your state board’s official website to access license verification information. In most cases, this should not cost anything. When submitting your verification, the expiration date must be visible on the report.

  • Three Professional References

    We require three (3) separate references submitted by current or former employers, or individuals professionally acquainted with you and familiar with your academic competencies and goals. References may not be from relatives, friends, family physicians or clergy. References from master’s or doctoral level nurses are preferred but not required. While including a letter is always encouraged, we only require your references to fill out our reference form. Reference forms need to be emailed directly to admissions@graceland.edu from your reference OR mailed in a sealed, signed envelope.

  • Fee Disclosure Statement

    You will receive this directly from Graceland after you apply. Graceland is required to share with you the expected fees, tuition, etc. This is part of the application packet that needs to be initialed, signed, and returned with your other documents.

  • Transfer Credit Petition

    Approval of transfer credit is made on a course by course basis. Courses submitted for consideration must sufficiently match expected learning outcomes required by Graceland University’s School of Nursing. A detailed syllabus (course descriptions are not acceptable) from each course must be included in your petition.

    Candidates may transfer up to three graduate nursing courses for a maximum of 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate course work. Coursework must be completed at a nationally accredited program with a grade of “B” or above and within five years prior to admission (see exceptions below).

    Special conditions and exceptions to course completion time limits:

    • Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Health Assessment courses must be completed within three years prior to admission to be considered for transfer credit.
    • Course completion time limits do not apply to board certified APN demonstrating continuous current practice.

    Coursework Transfer Policy (pdf)
    Petition for Transfer Credit (pdf)

    If you are offered admission to the program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check to be admitted.

PLEASE NOTE:

Graceland University participates with NursingCAS, which is a Centralized Application System (CAS). If you have already built a profile and/or applied previously through NursingCAS, you are welcome to continue your application through them.

If you are seeking financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form. To complete this, visit the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To send your FAFSA information to Graceland University, use our school code: 001866. This should be done at your earliest convenience

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DNP Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, each degree candidate must have:

  1. Completed sufficient credit to meet the total required graduate semester hours within 4 years of enrollment. Students may petition one time for a 1 year extension.
  2. 31 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 25 at Graceland.
  3. Earned a final course grade of B or better in every course.
  4. Satisfactorily completed the required DNP Practice Improvement Project.
  5. Documentation of a minimum of 1000 post-BSN supervised clinical practice hours.
  6. Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University.
  7. Filed an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date.
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