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Admission Requirements

Post Baccalaureate Option

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Three references (link to the forms are on right side of page) attesting to the applicant's expertise in nursing or health care. Faculty prefer professional references from a nursing faculty advisor if available or a nursing faculty member who knows the applicant, one from a doctorally prepared RN, and no more than one from a peer.
  • Personal interview(s)
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which clinicals will occur (prerequisite to clinical experience)
  • Clinical nursing experience prior to the first DNP clinical course
  • Goal Statement: In one to three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, including your short- and long-term professional goals. Discuss a system or population you are interested in working with and identify/discuss a system or health problem in that population that you wish to study as capstone project.
  • An example of scholarly written work, completed within two years of application, related to nursing that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically. Samples of scholarly work: formal research paper written in your BSN program; published article on a nursing issue; or paper written on a nursing issue of interest to you
  • Current vita

Post Master's Option

  • Master’s grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Three references (link to the forms are on right side of page) attesting to the applicant's expertise in nursing or health care. Faculty prefer professional references from nursing faculty advisor if available or a nursing faculty member who knows the applicant, one from a doctorally prepared RN, and no more than one from a peer.
  • Personal interview(s)
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which clinicals will occur (prerequisite to clinical experience)
  • Goal Statement: In one to three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, including your short- and long-term professional goals. Discuss a system or population you are interested in working with and identify/discuss a system or health problem in that population that you wish to study as capstone project.
  • An example of scholarly written work, completed within two years of application, related to nursing that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically. Samples of scholarly work: formal research paper written in your MSN program; published article on a nursing issue; or paper written on nursing issue of interest to you
  • Current vita  

Questions?

E-mail our Student Services Office, conss@uky.edu or call (859) 323-5108.
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The baccalaureate and DNP programs at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW. Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791