How to Apply

The $45 application fee will be reimbursed for eligible Kent State preceptors. Contact gradnurse@kent.edu for more information. ×

Admission Requirements

  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which the student's practica will be completed
  • Bachelor's1 degree in nursing or master's degree in advanced practice nursing that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale
  • For students with a master's degree: current, national certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (proof of the appropriate certification must be submitted within the student's first semester, or prior to beginning practicum hours, whichever comes first)
  • Completion of an undergraduate- or graduate-level statistics course with a minimum C grade
  • GRE scores (no more than five years old)
  • Résumé or vita that demonstrates professional experience in nursing
  • Three letters of reference from health care professionals or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities
  • Essay (300 words) describing professional goals and reasons for seeking the professional practice doctorate
  • Pre-admission interview

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 560 TOEFL score (83 on the Internet-based version), minimum 78 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 55 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website

Students selected for admission to the nursing program must meet the College of Nursing's Clinical Compliance Policy. For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

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Upon admission to the D.N.P. degree, students who hold only a CCNE- or NLNAC-accredited bachelor's degree in nursing will be admitted also to the M.S.N. degree. This will allow students to complete M.S.N. coursework and enroll in some D.N.P. coursework after successfully completing their first two full-time semesters of graduate study. Students must first complete M.S.N. coursework, earn the M.S.N. degree and obtain APRN national certification before they can continue with D.N.P. coursework and earn the D.N.P. degree.
Note: In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, as well as State professional licensure/certification regulations, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer clinical practicum courses. Since these regulations undergo continuous updates, non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any College of Nursing online program are advised to consult official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program, by contacting the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911.

Step 1)

Complete the online application for graduate admission.

Fall 2018

Kent State University is pleased to offer a new graduate application, hosted by CollegeNET, to students intending to enroll in the Spring 2018 term and later.

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Fall 2017

We are no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2017. However, you can still check your Fall 2017 application status at the link below.

Check Application Status

Materials to Submit With Application

Starting with Spring 2018 applications, applicants will enter information and upload documents to CollegeNET’s secure server.

  • Essay (300 words) describing professional goals and reasons for seeking the professional practice doctorate
  • Application fee
    • The $45 application fee will be reimbursed for eligible Kent State preceptors. Contact gradnurse@kent.edu for more information.
  • Transcripts from each university where nine (9) or more credit hours were earned.
  • Proof of RN licensure.
    • Search for your license on NURSYS.com Quick Confirm License Verification. Find and review the information to ensure that it is you. Click on “View Report” and email the full report to GradApps@kent.edu. If your state does not participate in NURSYS, please contact your state’s BoN to send licensure verification to Kent State University.
  • Proof of APRN certification, for students with a master's degree.
  • Three letters of reference from health care professionals or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities
  • Résumé or CV
  • GRE scores

Fall 2017 Applicants

Fall 2017 applicants should follow the instructions for submitting application materials via Graduate Studies.

Step 2)

An interview, by phone or in person, with DNP faculty may be requested following review of the application.