Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission Requirements
Please read through the admissions requirements carefully, and review the Ready to Apply? page for more information.
Prior degree in Nursing
Graduateof an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in nursing documented by an official transcript
- Applicants who hold a BSN and Master’s degree in another health-related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale verified by official transcripts.
No GRE required.
English proficiency for non-native English speakers as verified by one of the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – minimum total score of 84 with a minimum score of 24 in both the speaking and writing sections. To report your scores, use UCSF institutional code 4840 and department code 43.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum score of 7 mailed to the Office of Student Affairs.
- Note: test scores may take up to six weeks to reach the university.
- Evidence documenting completion of a minimum of 500 practice hours during the applicant’s master’s program or previous
post-master’sstudy; APRN national certification in one of the recognized APRN roles will satisfy this requirement (i.e. Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Nurse Midwife (CNM).
- Active, unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) licensure for practice in California.
- Non-California applicants should review "Licensure by Endorsement / Reciprocity" rules from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
- Information regarding recognition of licensure in other states, or other matters related to licensure may be obtained from the BRN at the following address:
Ca. Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
College level statistics course completed within three years of application deadline
Résumé or curriculum vitae
- Resume or curriculum vitae should detail work history, professional, and volunteer activities appropriate to the advanced practice role.
Application fee (subject to change)
- $90 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $110 for international applicants.
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents who demonstrate financial need, or who would have significant difficulty in paying application fees, may be eligible for a fee waiver.
- Three confidential letters of recommendation from colleagues who are able to address academic abilities, work-related experience, and leadership potential.
- Articulating personal and professional goals and how they relate to your area of specialization.
The following are preferred qualifications:
- Verification of APRN national certification in one of the recognized APRN roles (NP, CNS, CRNA or CNM).
- One year of experience in
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