Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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BSN to DNP Program

Admission Criteria

  • BSN degree from an approved, accredited school
  • Current California RN licensure
  • One year of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse (Applicants to the Dual Pediatric/Family or Dual Adult-Gerontology/Family programs require clinical experience in pediatrics or adult/geriatrics, respectively)
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic statistics course
  • Basic nutrition course
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the University Application for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
  • Goal statement in the application will require the applicant to demonstrate an understanding of the APRN role for which they are applying and elucidate a specific clinical practice focus and evidence-based clinical issue or problem they plan to address in their DNP Scholarly Practice
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Three professional recommendations (Two from clinicians who hold a doctoral degree –RNs/APRNs or MDs)
  • Example of scholarly writing (thesis, article or paper written within the last five years)
  • Resume/CV
  • Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
  • Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
  • International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/graduate/international/

The priority application deadline is March 1 for Fall. All materials must be received by the priority deadline to receive priority consideration.