Quinnipiac University

Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions

We make our admission process as straightforward and personalized as possible. If you have any questions or need guidance, our counselors and advisers in the School of Nursing are available to assist you at every stage of your application process.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the doctor of nursing program must be a registered nurse or NCLEX eligible nurse and have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field. The desired candidate will have obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Additionally, applicants to the program must also have a master’s degree in a relevant field.


Required Documents

An application consists of the following:

  • Completed application form
  • $45 application fee
  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement addressing the following:
    • professional goals and motivations
    • a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice
    • a health care problem that interests you for potential doctoral study
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Proof of an active registered nurse (RN) license
  • 2 letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Completed background check that will include:
    • Social security number validation/verification
    • Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
    • National criminal database search
    • Sex offender registry search
    • OIG/SIG
    • Sanctions based search
  • A minimum of 1,000 hours of field work observation will be required within the DNP program, and up to 600 hours from a master’s program may be applied toward that number. If clinical hours were not completed during graduate work, you may register for an additional two-credit course (NUR 621, Post-Master’s Additional Graduate Clinical) to complete the requisite hours
  • Verification from your master’s program indicating the total number of supervised field work hours, if any, that you completed.
    Download to print the verification form
  • All accepted students will also be required to complete a background check and drug screen following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances are conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both

How to Apply for an Online Program

The Quinnipiac University graduate admissions team is dedicated to helping you easily navigate our educational offerings. An admissions counselor will work one-on-one with you to assess your educational goals and answer any questions that you may have.

To get started, follow these steps:


Apply to a Program

An admissions counselor will assist you with the process and provide guidance every step of the way. 

Complete the Application


Ask about Financial Aid

Our admissions counselors can answer your questions about the financial aid process. To apply for federal aid, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and use school code #001402.

Learn more about graduate tuition and financial aid