DNP Admission

Priority Application Dates: Fall Admission (June 1st), Spring Admission (November 1st), and Summer (March 15th).

Nurses who hold the master's degree in nursing in one of the following advanced practice areas may apply: nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, midwifery, nursing administration, or informatics.

Nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited institution may apply with additional application requirements (see admission requirements below).

At this time, the DNP program cannot admit nurses from the State of New York.

Post-master’s to DNP admission requirements:

  • Earned master’s degree in an area of APN specialization from an accredited institution
  • Graduate grade point average at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 scale), or in the last 60 hours of earned credit
  • Favorable references from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s potential for graduate level academic success and their competency in advanced practice nursing (References optional beginning January 2018)
  • Current professional certification or eligible for certification as an advanced practice nurse if applicable
  • Evidence of a state license as required by law as a 1) registered nurse, and 2) Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) where applicable
  • Any additional requirements within the application process (professional statement, CV, interview)

Post-baccalaureate to DNP admission requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from all higher education courses attempted or from the last 60 hours of coursework attempted.
  • BSN degree from an accredited institution
  • Two satisfactory references from former faculty or professional colleagues
  • Official transcripts from all higher education courses or programs attempted
  • Active, unencumbered RN license in the state clinical education will be completed
  • Professional Statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Interview with DNP faculty member

To Apply:

Step One: Apply online with UAH Graduate School at:
Have official transcripts sent to UAH from any university you have attended.

Step Two: Upload to your application (under Supplemental Items) a one page Professional Statement (an evidence based synopsis on a topic that may be considered for a scholarly project). A reference list of no more than five references is to be submitted on page two of the statement. References should be in APA format.

Step Three: Upload to your application (under Supplemental Items) a current CV or resume which includes Educational History, Professional Employment Information and current certifications.

Step Four: Forward verification of clinical hours form to the university that awarded your MSN degree and have it submitted to the UAH CON at or fax to 256-824-6026. 

* BSN to DNP applicants, verification of clinical hours is not required, however please email the Graduate Nursing office at with BSN to DNP as subject line and include in the body your preferred MSN concentration.