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  • DNP Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    Individuals seeking admission to the doctoral program, either through the post-baccalaureate or post-master's point of entry, must meet the following requirements. (Please note that post-master's early-entry students have a separate set of admission requirements.):

    • For post-master's applicants: A graduate GPA of 3.2 if a master’s degree has been earned.
    • For post-baccalaureate applicants: A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2.
    • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical section.
    • For post-master's applicants: A BSN and a master's degree in nursing or related field. (Please note: In the absence of a BSN degree, a master's degree in nursing is required.)
    • For post-baccalaureate applicants: A BSN degree.
    • Evidence of an unrestricted/unencumbered nursing license as a registered nurse in the United States or one of its territories and eligibility for licensure in the state of Mississippi. (May BSN graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX prior to the program's start date in August. August BSN graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX during the first semester of post-baccalaureate DNP coursework.)
    • One year of professional nursing experience preferred but not required.
    • Completion of at least one research course and one statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level. 
    • All candidates are subject to a criminal-history background check as mandated by the state of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Students will be fingerprinted upon admission to the program. 
    • To be successful in the DNP program, students must be fluent in computer use. Applicants should be familiar with the use of basic computing, including, but not limited to, the Internet, search engines, browsers and instructional computer systems (Blackboard or Web CT), as well as publicly available research databases (PubMed, CINAHL, Psych, etc.).

    CPR certification classes are available to students who have been accepted to the UMMC nursing programs. For more information, please click here.

    Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

    How to apply

    Applications are reviewed once each year for the DNP program, for both the post-baccalaureate and post-master’s points of entry. The final deadline for submission is March 31, and students, who submit their applications during this time, will be notified shortly thereafter of their acceptance. The program begins in August each year. If the application deadline is on a weekend, then the application deadline is on the first business day of the month. When applying, all parts to the application, including any supplemental materials, must be received by the deadline.

    Applications are available online beginning July 1, one year prior to the year of admission. Applications received less than two weeks prior to the deadline cannot be assured of adequate time for notification of any missing or incomplete documents.

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    • complete application reviewed by the Graduate Admissions and Progression Committee;
    • A nonrefundable $25 application fee paid by credit card or by check, made payable to the University of Mississippi Medical Center;
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar;
    • Informal personal statement submitted with application;
      • Why are you seeking admission to the DNP program?
      • What practice inquiry project do you plan to pursue in the program?
      • Which faculty member(s) do wish to provide you with mentorship in the DNP program?
      • What are your goals in the program?
      • What are your long-range career goals?
      • Address your qualifications and readiness for the program.
      • Why are you seeking admission to the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing DNP program, and why do you think this program is best suited to your career goals?
    • Letters of reference from three individuals sent directly to the Office of Student Records and Registrar. Letters of reference should address the following:
      • The applicant’s potential to develop, implement and evaluate a program project;
      • The leadership potential of the applicant at a regional, state or national level;
      • The ability of the applicant to communicate in a scholarly manner, both orally and in writing;
      • The ability of the applicant to be self-directed in learning;
      • The length and type of the relationship with the applicant.
    • Curriculum vitae or professional résumé.

    International applicants

    • Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for graduates of foreign schools whose academic language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score is 550.
    • Other documents required by the School of Nursing Office of Graduate Studies and local, state and federal authorities.

    Additional information for applicants

    •  All transcripts become the property of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another school or individual. Transcripts must be sent directly by the school to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
      • Office of Student Records and Registrar 
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        2500 N. State St.
        Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    • Facsimile documents will not be accepted.
    • Transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar at the end of each semester until all prerequisite requirements are completed.
    • Report any name, address or phone number change to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
    • Do not send application materials to the School of Nursing.
    • All grades, including failing grades and grades on repeat courses, are used to calculate preadmission grade point averages.
    • The applicant is responsible for notifying the Office of Student Records and Registrar of all changes to the plan of study.
    • Out-of-state tuition charges apply for all applicants that live outside the state of Mississippi.

    For more information

    If you have questions regarding the program or application process, please call (601) 815-0124 or (601) 984-1084.