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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

The College is committed to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants who are highly motivated to achieve the doctoral program objectives. Admission to the program is based on a number of factors to evaluate a student's potential for academic success at the doctoral level.


  • All applicants must have:
    • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN regionally accredited institution and satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
      • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
      • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
    • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees in nursing from a foreign institution
  • A current license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida
  • Completed a 3-credit hour or equivalent in length undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better.
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required


Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the program:

  • Master of Science with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An overall 3.0 GPA
  • Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse (CRNA, NP, CNM, CNS) -Florida license needed for residencies
  • National certification in area of advanced practice
  • Strong record of clinical excellence
  • Completion of the following Masters Nursing courses with a B or better:
    • Pathophysiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physical Assessment
    • Research
    • Theory
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:
    • By providing scores of 79 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
    • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • By earning a competitive score on the GRE Verbal exam.
    • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
    • By earning a degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction (must be documented on the transcript).