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BSN-DNP Admission Information

Admission criteria

The GRE score is no longer required for RN-MSN, MSN, BSN-DNP and DNP programs.

Individuals seeking admission to the DNP program through the post-baccalaureate point of entry must meet the following requirements.

  • A minimum cumulative nursing GPA (undergraduate and graduate coursework) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale;
  • 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 and December BSN graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN® and be licensed as an RN prior to the program's start date. August BSN graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN® and be licensed as an RN during the first semester of post-baccalaureate DNP coursework.);
  • At least one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse, is required for all nurse practitioner tracks prior to beginning the program. For the Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track, the one year of clinical experience must be in a critical care/ED setting.
  • Completion of at least one research course and one statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level;
  • Three letters of reference;
  • 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 (Canvas), as well as publicly available research databases (PubMed, CINAHL, Psych, etc.).
  • If an applicant has been dismissed from any nursing program, one year must pass from date of dismissal to date of eligibility into any UMMC School of Nursing program.

Additional academic policies and regulations (.pdf) (including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations)

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation (.pdf)

International applicants

For applicants who completed coursework or earned degrees from institutions outside the United States, the following criteria must be met.

  • 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-Paper Based Test (PBT) score is 550. The minimum TOEFL-Internet Based Test (IBT) score is 79.
  • Other documents required by the university, local, state and federal authorities.
  • Transcripts must be evaluated in a course-by-course report from World Education Services (WES) at or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) at