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
- Graduate of 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 clinical hours during the applicant’s master’s program or previous post-master’s study; 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 advanced practice role.
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