Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Application Instructions for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The application and the application fee are submitted electronically. The references, resume and the writing sample are also submitted electronically within the application. Official transcripts are mailed or emailed directly from the college or university to USD. Test results are submitted directly from the testing agency to the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions.

The priority application deadline is March 1.

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

619.260.4524
grads@sandiego.edu

College/University Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit one official transcript from each college or university attended. This includes transcripts from junior or community colleges, transfer units from study abroad programs, summer courses and/or graduate work. Individual transcripts must be obtained from each college attended. USD graduates must submit official transcripts from the Office of the Registrar.

Official transcripts must to be mailed directly from the college or university to the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions. The college or university may also send them electronically to grads@sandiego.edu.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation.  Recommendations are intended to provide a professional evaluation of an applicant's potential academic success in doctoral study (supervisors, faculty).

Resume

A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience is required. Please upload your resume within the application.

 

Registered Nurse License

MSN to DNP Applicants

MSN to DNP applicants must submit proof of an active, unrestricted California RN license and certification in an Advance Practice Nursing Specialty.

BSN to DNP Applicants

BSN to DNP applicants must submit proof of an active, unrestricted California RN license.

International applicants must have an active, unrestricted California RN license at the time of application.

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

The essay required of all candidates is intended to give us a better understanding of you as a person. The statement should include information about your specific clinical practice focus or problems and professional career goals. (The statement is submitted within the application.)

Writing Sample

Please upload the writing sample within the application. A paper from your BSN or MSN program is acceptable to meet the requirement.

Interview

Only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application.

Application Fee

An application fee of $45.00 will be paid upon online submission the DNP application. The application fee is non-refundable.

International Applicants

Foreign credentials submitted with an application for doctoral study are required to be evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org). A course-by-course evaluation is required. There will be a charge for this service.

Financial Verification

International applicants are required to complete the "Declaration of Finances" form to certify that they possess sufficient funds to cover all fees, transportation, and living expenses.

Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory of all applicants except those who are from English speaking countries or applicants who have attained a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited school in the United States.

The English Language Academy is available on campus for students interested in improving their speaking and writing skills in the English language.

The University of San Diego's minimum scores are:

TOEFL
237 on the computer-based test
580 on the paper-based test
83 on the Internet-based test

IELTS
Band score 7

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, applicants complete the FAFSA.  The USD code number is 010395.  The FAFSA deadline is April 1 annually.  Applicants are advised to apply by the April 1 deadline even if the admission decision is pending. Questions regarding the FAFSA and the financial aid process should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Office of Financial Aid
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-2700

http://www.sandiego.edu/financialaid/ 

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