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Admission Requirements for Nursing (DNP)

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of leadership in practice and scientific inquiry. Practice-focused doctoral programs such as the DNP are designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice, with a focus on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings. You can apply to our doctoral nursing program after earning your bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.

Post-bachelor’s degree DNP requirements

  • Current Illinois R.N. license
  • Official transcripts
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of your bachelor’s program.
  • A professional goal statement
  • Three professional letters of reference 

Post-master’s degree DNP requirements

  • Current Illinois R.N. license
  • Advanced Practice Nurse license
  • Official transcripts
  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 in a master’s degree program in nursing
  • A professional goal statement
  • Three professional letters of reference 

The admission criteria are listed in the current graduate catalog along with guidelines for writing your professional goal statement and selecting your three professional references.

Submit applications electronically to the NIU Graduate School. You can check the status and completeness of your application at MyNIU. Contact the Graduate School about any discrepancies between what you submitted and what is stated on MyNIU.

Admission decisions are usually made within two months of the application deadline.

Once admitted, complete any additional non-academic requirements such as a criminal background check and a chain of custody drug screen. Failure to meet the clinical requirements may prohibit you from completing the required nursing courses and/or program. Review the clinical requirements for more details.

For additional information please contact the director of nursing graduate studies at 815-753-2163.