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Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2014 admission has been extended to February 15, 2014. The School of Nursing reserves the right to review applications after the deadline.

Application Packet

Review the DNP Applicant Policies before submitting your application materials.

To be considered for full admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, you must submit:

  1. Application
  2. Non-refundable Application Fee
    • Current doctoral fee of $40 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  3. Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended.
    • Transcripts showing BS/BA and MS (post-master's applicants only) degrees in nursing must be from a regionally accredited institution, also accredited by either the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    • Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all previous post-secondary study and degrees, including any courses completed that did not directly lead to a completed degree.
  4. Current Unencumbered License
    • Evidence of current unencumbered RN licensure in one state with eligibility for licensure in Minnesota.
  5. Application Essay

    Directions: In a typed, double-spaced essay of approximately 1500 words please address the following topics.

    Describe how you envision the role and scope of the DNP-prepared Family Nurse Practitioner.

    Describe your future practice (including the population with whom you foresee yourself working) and explain how this practice will contribute to the goals of the School of Nursing as noted in the mission: to advance professional nursing and to enhance the health of under-served and diverse populations.

    Describe and explain life, work or academic skills, knowledge and/or experience you currently possess that contribute toward the two goals stated above. Also describe how these factors will contribute to your success in this graduate program and in the development of your advanced practice nursing role.

    Applicants are expected to use their own words and ideas when responding to essay questions. To clarify or strengthen a point, applicants may choose to include the thoughts and ideas of others when responding. In these cases, applicants are required to provide proper 6th edition APA citation of the works in which the ideas originated. Applicant essays are subject to plagiarism review, including the use of plagiarism detecting software. The consequences for essay plagiarism will be decided by the SON Admission/Retention Committee and could result in various consequences, including the full denial of an application.

    Applicants are encouraged to review language regarding plagiarism found in the Student Handbook.

  6. Three References
    • Completed reference forms from three people including the following:
      • a former faculty member
      • a supervisor/employer
      • a professional peer or colleague
    • If a reference can no longer be obtained from a faculty member, a student may petition to substitute an additional supervisor reference.
  7. Computer Proficiency
    • Completed computer proficiency form with student signature acknowledges awareness of computer proficiency expectations established by the School of Nursing.
  8. Post ELMSN prerequisite
    1. As a prerequisite to admission, Post-ELMSN applicants must have completed a graduate level statistics course in the last five years with a grade of B or better.

      Submit packet to:

      Graduate Studies Office
      Metropolitan State University
      New Main 206
      700 East Seventh Street
      Saint Paul, MN 55106



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