How to Apply

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

Admission Requirements

  • An active, unrestricted RN license in the state in which practica will be completed
  • A current national APRN certification. Proof of the appropriate licensure must be obtained within the first semester of the student's program. or prior to beginning practicum hours, whichever comes first
  • A master's degree from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited advanced practice program with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale
  • The successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • GRE scores
  • Professional experience in nursing as evidenced by: a resume or curriculum vitae and a pre-admission interview
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities
  • Completion of a 300-word essay describing professional goals and reasons for seeking the professional practice doctorate
  • International applicants must show evidence of one of the following:
    • a minimum internet TOEFL score of 83
    • a paper based TOEFL score of 560
    • a MELAB score of 78
    • a PTE minimum score of 55 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for admission

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.

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Materials to submit with application

You should submit all application materials (except transcripts) to

  • An essay delineating your career leadership goals and plans for your DNP scholarly study project. In the essay, lucidly address the specific position of leadership (e.g., program director, legislator, professor) which you plan to attain within 3-5 years after completing the DNP program. Identify a specific focus or need in the health care or educational services and/or policies that you would address within your stated role.

    • This focus or need should be applicable to health care and the educational issues, both now and in the future. The identified topic would be the foundation for your DNP scholarly project. The scope of this DNP scholarly project should be comprehensive enough to address the specific focus or need as it applies across, for example, a system, organization, region or population. This essay is an integral component of the application and will serve as the framework for the interview with a faculty member. The essay should be at least 2-3 pages in length utilizing current APA 6th edition formatting.

  • Application fee

    • The $45 application fee will be reimbursed for eligible Kent State preceptors. Contact 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 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 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.

  • Three letters of reference from healthcare professionals who can address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the DNP graduate program.

  • Signed record or copy of clinical hours record from previous program on the University's letterhead.

  • CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • GRE scores

  • A sample of written work that indicates the logic and writing skills of the applicant. For example, an essay, term paper, theses, published article, or professional report.

Step 2)

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