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.
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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.

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


    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

    As of April 20, 2022, Graceland no longer requires an application fee.

  • 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 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 or MS in related field transcript. 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.

  • 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 five 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.

Documentation can be submitted via email ( or mail.

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



If you are seeking financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form. To complete this, visit the FAFSA website at 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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