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Application Process
Post Masters DNP Program Admissions Criteria
 
  • Master's degree in Nursing from a university or college nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Master's Degree and certification in advanced practice, administration, or as a clinical nurse leader will be accepted into the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA in the nursing master's program. 
  • Curriculum vitae (Required Format for CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and professional references in which one of whom holds a doctorate (guidelines below).
  • Statement of the applicant's goals for the DNP degree of no more than 500 words. 
  • Current licensure in the State of Florida as a registered nurse.
  • Interview may be required.
  • Complete Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours form.

*A state/federal criminal background check is required for all applicants and admitted students. Some clinical agencies require annual background checks or affidavits. A drug screen may be required. All costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the applicant/student.


 



BSN to DNP Program Admissions Criteria
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an accredited university or college nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA in the baccalaureate program is required. 
  • Curriculum vitae (Required Format for CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and professional references in which one of whom holds a doctorate (guidelines below).    
  • Statement of the applicant's goals for the DNP degree of no more than 500 words. 
  • Current licensure in the State of Florida as a registered nurse.
  • Interview may be required.

*A state/federal criminal background check is required for all applicants and admitted students. Some clinical agencies require annual background checks or affidavits. A drug screen may be required. All costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the applicant/student.




DNP Program Application Procedure
Application to the DNP Program (similar to application for other graduate programs) involves a *two step process*
 
Effective June 30, 2011, graduate applications to FAU will no longer be completed through FACTS.ORG.
 
  • Step 1: First complete a Florida Atlantic University Graduate Application. You must complete the FAU Graduate Application in order to obtain your FAU ID Number (Z number). You will receive your Z number in about 2-5 days after completion of the FAU Graduate Application. 
  • Step 2A: Complete the College of Nursing Graduate Application.  The College of Nursing Application cannot be processed without your Z Number. Please wait 2 additional business days after receiving your Z Number for processing.
  • Step 2B: Submission of all supporting documentation to the DNP Program Coordinator by mail or   email: 
Anastasia Leveille, Academic Program Coordinator
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing of Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Send official transcripts from all prior colleges or universities to:
Florida Atlantic University
Graduate College
SU-80, Room 101
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Send the following materials to the Academic Program Coordinator by February 28th:

  • Curriculum vitae (Required Format for CV).
  • Statement of the applicant's goals for the DNP degree of no more than 500 words. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and professional references in which one of whom holds a doctorate. 
  • For MSN applicants only: Evidence of national certification and Complete Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours form.
  • Current licensure in the State of Florida as a registered nurse
Step 2C: Completion of the following:
  • Interview may be required.
  • Level II Background check (prior to enrollement)

*Your final acceptance into the program is contingent upon both applications (Step 1 & 2). 
 
All materials sent to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing must be submitted by the program deadline.  If you are unable to submit all necessary material by the program deadline, you are advised to save your material and re-apply the following semester.  All program prerequisites including specific courses required for the track of the student's choice must be completed before the application is submitted.   Please visit the specific program pages for application requirements.
 
Regulations governing admission to the graduate study in Nursing at FAU include those established by both the University and College of Nursing.
 
Application deadlines:

Post Masters DNP and BSN-DNP
February 28 - for Summer semester


BSN-DNP Summer 2016 Admission Information Session
DATE Campus /Time/ Location
Monday, November 2, 2015
November session RSVP 
*Please RSVP by October 26, 2015
Boca, 6-7:30pm, NU 201
Monday, January 25, 2016
January session RSVP
*Please RSVP by January 11, 2016
Boca, 6-7:30pm, NU 201
 
MSN and BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner Applicants: Save the Dates for Summer 2016 Admission Interviews

Individual interviews will be scheduled for select applicants during February and March 2016.


"All materials submitted in support of your application become the property of Florida Atlantic University. We cannot return materials or copies to applicants. Thank you for considering Florida Atlantic University for your graduate school needs."

Guidelines regarding Letters of Reference
Purpose: The purpose of the letters of reference is to provide the College of Nursing with information about how professional colleagues and associates perceive the applicant's potential success in completing the DNP program. Letters should be on letterhead stationery, dated, with the signature of the person and the person's name and title typed underneath. We are unable to accept letters older than 6 months from the date of application or letters that are not dated and official in appearance. An e-mailed reference or faxed letter must be followed with a mailed hard copy with a written signature.

The following points should be addressed in the letters of reference:
 
1.  How long has the reference known the applicant?

2.  The relationship of the reference to the applicant (e.g. manager, staff nurse,
     professor)?

3.  Specify information about all of the following in reference to the applicant:
 
  • Initiative and critical thinking
  • Scholarly achievements and/or dispositions
  • Ability to complete tasks
  • Self-reflection and self-correction
  • Career orientation
  • Impression that the applicant will be able to achieve the DNP degree
  • Overall assessment of the applicants administrative and/or clinical expertise

Acceptable references are from faculty, colleagues, and associates who are qualified to address all characteristics listed above. They may be nurses, physicians, other health team members, administrators, or professors/instructors. One reference should be from a doctorally prepared faculty member from the master's program, if possible. 

Although there is no criteria for the length of the reference letter, it is preferred that the letter succinctly provides valuable information that will enable the college to thoroughly evaluate the applicant. Thus, applicants should select references who are able to address all the areas according to direct and first-hand knowledge.


Contact for Information & Advising

Susan Bulfin, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

DNP Director & Associate Professor

Nursing Room 116C

(561) 297-3600

 
or
 
Anastasia Leveille
Academic Program Coordinator
Nursing Room 116A
(561) 297-1109
 
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