Admission

Admission Requirements

The DNP program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice in direct (nurse practitioner) and indirect (health care systems leadership) roles. The program conforms to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing standard that calls for DNP-level preparation for all advanced practice nursing specialties by 2015.

Applicants to the DNP program in nursing are expected to meet the admission criteria of the university and the School of Nursing. All applicants for graduate study at APU are required to submit the following documents to the university:

  1. A Graduate Application for Admission
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  2. Official transcripts of completion of BSN and MSN. (Transcripts should be sent directly to APU from the registrar’s office of applicants’ previous place of study.)
  3. A copy of any professional certifications/registrations used by nurses with advanced practice, state or national. Transcripts may be used as evidence if needed.
  4. A letter from your advanced practice program stating the number of clinical hours completed as part of that program. (Up to 500 hours may be transferrable toward the DNP program's required total of 1100 hours, per departmental approval.) Show evidence that letter has been requested.

Admission Criteria (Domestic Applicants): Admission of students into the DNP program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees (master’s degree must be in nursing)
  • A graduate-level statistics course, taken within the last five years
  • A graduate-level nursing research course
  • Evidence of written creative work and/or scholarly papers
  • A completed DNP program application that includes a statement of educational objectives, specific focus of research, and career goals
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • A copy of all professional certifications currently held as an Advanced Practice Nurse – state and/or national. Transcripts may be used as evidence if needed.
  • A letter from your advanced practice program stating the number of clinical hours completed as part of that program. (Up to 500 hours may be transferrable toward the DNP program’s required total of 1100 hours, per departmental approval.) Show evidence that letter has been requested.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are suited to evaluate applicant’s qualifications for DNP education in nursing
  • A faculty member(s) interview with the prospective student
  • Active status as a licensed registered nurse (RN)

All materials should be submitted to:

Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Located at:

Azusa Pacific University
568 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
(626) 815-4570
Fax: (626) 815-4545 • (626) 815-4571
gpc@apu.edu

Admission Criteria (International Applicants): International students have a separate application procedure. Admission of international students into the DNP program is evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • A master’s degree in nursing that meets the unit requirement of an accredited master’s in nursing program in the U.S. with a comparable GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of English translation of transcripts provided by a certified translator showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees (master’s degree must be in nursing)
  • For international students whose native language is not English and whose degrees were not earned in countries where English is the primary language, the following iBT (Internet-based) TOEFL scores are required:
    Reading: 25       Speaking: 25
    Writing: 25         Listening: 25
  • A graduate-level statistics course, taken within the last five years
  • A graduate-level nursing research course
  • A graduate-level nursing theory course
  • Evidence of written creative work and/or scholarly papers
  • A completed DNP program application that includes a statement of educational objectives, specific focus of research, and career goals
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A copy of all professional certifications currently held as an Advanced Practice Nurse – state and/or national. Transcripts may be used as evidence if needed.
  • A letter from your advanced practice program stating the number of clinical hours completed as part of that program. (Up to 500 hours may be transferrable toward the DNP program’s required total of 1100 hours, per departmental approval.) Show evidence that letter has been requested.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are suited to evaluate applicant’s qualifications for DNP education in nursing
  • A faculty member(s) interview with the prospective student
  • Active status as a licensed registered nurse (RN)

International applicants send forms to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000 USA
+1-626-812-3055
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
international@apu.edu

Screening of Applicants

Both the Graduate and Professional Center and the School of Nursing handle screening of applicants for admission into the nursing DNP program. Screening of applicants’ portfolios is conducted by the Graduate and Professional Center and is evaluated according to the admission criteria. The school reviews completed applications for admission to the doctoral program to discern an applicant’s academic qualifications and preparation for advanced graduate study. Upon completion of the screening and review process, the Nursing Doctoral Admission Screening Committee forwards a list of qualified/alternate applicants to the Graduate and Professional Center. The Graduate and Professional Center officially notifies applicants of admission decisions.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.