Missouri State University

Admission Requirements

Admission process

In addition to the submission of all required application materials, which can be found on the application requirements page, the following are admission requirements of all applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program:

  • You must be a registered nurse in good standing with the state board of nursing for the state where you have licensure
  • Completion of either a graduate level nursing or health care informatics course and a graduate level statistics course with a “C” grade or better
  • Records of up-to-date immunizations
  • Present evidence that you hold current health insurance
  • Certification in basic life support (BLS) for health professionals and approved by the American Heart Association

Participate in and submit a drug screening test and a criminal record check and receive response that indicates the applicant has not been convicted of any crime that would disqualify them from becoming a registered nurse. Failure of these tests could result in dismissal from the program.

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 on all previous graduate-level course work. Students with a GPA lower than 3.25 must submit Graduate Record Examination scores in the sections analytical, quantitative and verbal sections.
  • Applicants who seem like competitive candidates for the program will be invited to interview with the doctor of nursing practice admissions committee to determine if they would be a good candidate for admission into the program

Selection requirements

Fulfilling all admission requirements and submitting all application materials does not guarantee admission into the DNP program. The DNP admission committee will consider the following characteristics of competitive applicants:

  • Academic potential to successfully complete the program within the required timeframe
  • Understanding of and commitment to the role of the advanced practice nurse
  • Personal maturity
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Quality and quantity of health care experiences
  • Quality of leadership and service activities
  • Capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of the advanced practice nurse