BSN to DNP Program Admissions Criteria
- Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an accredited university or college nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- 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.
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:
- How long has the reference known the applicant?
- The relationship of the reference to the applicant (e.g. manager, staff nurse, professor)?
- 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.