BSN to DNP

Registered nurses with an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to apply for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Upon completing the DNP program, you will be awarded both an MSN and a DNP degree.

Students selected for the BSN-to-DNP pathway choose one of the following advanced practice specialty areas:

The specialty area is selected at the time of application to the DNP program. Some specialty areas have fixed application deadlines once a year (e.g., nurse anesthesia) while others have three deadlines per year.

A minimum of 74 credits is required.  

BSN-to-DNP Admission Criteria

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

  • 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 research methods and inferential statistics course(s)

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency and personal character

  • Personal statement

  • Telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

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Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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