Application Requirements

Earn Your Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Post-BSN to DNP Track

Whether you are a current undergraduate nursing student or a recent graduate putting those skills to work, our Doctorate of Nursing Practice program will help you raise your skill level and prepare you to influence health care outcomes. With a focus on innovation, data analytics, and leadership, you will learn best practices to contribute to public health. Building on our rich history of excellence in nursing education, Saint Mary’s College will help you elevate your career.

By completing this program, you will be prepared to take a national exam to be certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and be eligible for licensure as an advanced practice nurse with prescriptive authority in most states.

Who Should Apply

  • College senior nursing students, recent college graduates with a BSN, practicing registered nurses and military nursing personnel
  • Nurses who want to improve health care outcomes through data-informed decisions
  • Nurses interested in developing best practices for patient care


  • BSN from a nationally accredited (NLN or CCNE) college or university
  • A recent Statistics course

How to Strengthen Your Application

For those still in school

  • Complete the prerequisite courses and work to achieve the highest GPA you can.
  • Engage in leadership opportunities
  • Gain practical experience through clinical internships
  • Build relationships with your professors to secure letters of recommendation
  • Formulate clear goals for your nursing career that include graduate education

For those currently practicing

  • Brush-up on required courses including statistics
  • Continue developing your leadership skills
  • Reconnect with professors and former supervisors to secure letters of recommendation
  • Formulate clear goals for your nursing career that include graduate education

Application Requirements

  • A BSN degree from a nationally accredited (NLN or CCNE) college or university.
  • The most competitive candidates will have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework.
  • Submission of a completed NursingCAS application
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Unencumbered license or eligibility for RN licensure in the State where clinical course work hours will be completed
  • Substantive personal essay statement that reflects on the family nurse practitioner role and the DNP role.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or other professionals - recommenders should be able to evaluate your clinical abilities, critical thinking skills, and potential for successfully completing graduate school.  Recommender must have acted in a supervisory capacity.  Recommendations from friends, relatives, or coworkers will not be accepted and will cause your application to be delayed or denied.
  • A current resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal interview(s) with faculty (if selected for one; teleconferencing options available)

Applications for the fall term open September 1. Saint Mary’s College uses the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS) application system.  You must complete the application form, submit the application fee for NursingCAS (no additional fee is collected by Saint Mary’s), and provide all supporting documents through the NursingCAS application system.  The application deadline is July 15.