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Admission Requirements

The ideal candidate for Duke University School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program has excellent collegiate GPAs, is making an impact on nursing practice, and has leadership skills.

Admission Criteria for Applicants with a BSN

  • Earned BSN from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing
  • GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • The GRE is waived if an applicant's cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.4 or higher. Satisfactory performance on the GRE is required if your cumulative GPA is below 3.4
  • Resume or CV
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency and personal character.
  • Personal statement
  • E-Portfolio of professional practice that highlights educational, professional and community activities, as well as, scholarship
  • Telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

Admission Criteria for Applicants with an MSN

  • Earned master's in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE or NLNAC program or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a health related profession
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable)
  • GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur
  • Graduate inferential statistics course
  • Graduate research methodology course
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency and personal character.
  • Personal statement
  • E-Portfolio of professional practice that highlights educational, professional and community activities, as well as, scholarship
  • Telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process