How to Apply
- 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.
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.
Complete the online application for graduate admission.
Materials to submit with application
You should submit all application materials (except transcripts) to GradApps@kent.edu.
Essay (300 words) describing professional goals and reasons for seeking the professional practice doctorate
The $45 application fee will be reimbursed for eligible Kent State preceptors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
An interview, by phone or in person, with DNP faculty may be requested following review of the application.