How to Apply
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The following materials are required for application to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Prospective students can apply using the KU Medical Center Online Application.
- Graduate application to the School of Nursing, online at
- $75 nonrefundable application fee.
- Official transcript(s) of all college-level coursework. Transcripts should be sent directly to the University of Kansas School of Nursing.
- Written statement clearly stating applicant's detailed personal objectives and specific career goals.
- Three references from advanced practice nurses, nursing faculty, or physicians who are able to attest to the applicant's potential ability for advanced practice and engagment in scholarly activity and leadership roles.
- Application Vitae, describing the applicant's educational and experiential background. Include information about the following: education, certification/licensure, work experience, clinical leadership, community/organizational involvement, scholarship/research, and honors/awards.
- Evidence of current registered nurse licensure in at least one state of the United States. Upon admission, students will need to meet additional licensure and participation requirements. Please see the section regarding enrollment in nursing courses for more information.
- For post-master's DNP applicants only: Documentation of faculty-supervised practicum hours completed in the master's in nursing program.
- An informational on-campus or telephone interview with a School of Nursing representative. To schedule an appointment, call 913-588-1619.
The Summer (June) 2021 application deadline is December 1, 2020.
- Admission decisions are finalized approximately eight weeks after the application deadline. All applicants are then notified of their admission status with mailed letters from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
- To verify admission acceptance and secure enrollment, admitted graduate students must submit a $400 (non-refundable) enrollment deposit. This deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition and is not an additional fee.
NRSG 935 Professionalism and Scholarship Workshop: New DNP students are required to attend this two-credit hour course, which serves as an introduction to the KU DNP program and to doctoral study. The course meets on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, June 1 through June 5, 2020.