Admission Requirements

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF NURSING
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE ADMISSION CRITERIA
BSN-DNP
Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • BSN from an accredited program
  • “Official” transcripts from every college/university attended must be sent to Murray State University
  • Three positive professional references (forms provided)
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse*
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Kentucky
  • Goal statement of past work experiences, scholarly activities, reasons for seeking doctoral study
  • Interview with Admissions Selection Committee
  • If applicant has been dismissed from or withdrawn from a graduate nursing program, he or she must provide a letter from the previous program director addressing the dismissal/withdrawal
  • Current BLS
  • If native tongue is not English the student must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT).

 FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) is not required; however, it is highly recommended that students continue to work during the first year of study

NURSE ANESTHESIA SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Two (2) years critical care experience as a registered nurse (excluding orientation to the critical care unit) within the past 5 years and by the time of application
  • Chemistry prerequisite: organic, inorganic, or biochemistry course
  • Completion of CCRN or NIC certification exams preferred
  • Current BLS, ACLS, PALS

 * In addition students will be required to be licensed as an RN in any state in which they intend to complete clinical hours for the program.

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE