Western Kentucky University

DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Preparing nurses to become leaders in nursing practice and administration. Designed for the working nurse!

All admission materials must be submitted electronically at the following web site: www.wku.edu/graduate

Admission Deadline Date: April 1, for fall admission.

BSN to DNP

The BSN to DNP has one specialty track, the Family Nurse Practitioner and all students completing the BSN to DNP will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Post-MSN DNP

The Post MSN DNP curricula builds on traditional master's programs by providing educations in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs.

Admission Requirements

  • BSN or MSN with a specialty in nursing administration or nurse practitioner, from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program
  •  GPA 3.25 cumulative in BSN or MSN
  • Undergraduate degree from an international university outside the U.S. or English is a second language submit appropriate TOFEL scores (policy established by Graduate Studies)
  • Three professional references
  • Verification of MSN Clinical and Practice Hours
  • Written goal statement
  • Resume highlighting past education, relevant clinical experience, scholarly endeavors and professional service (BSN to DNP students must document one year full-time experience as a registered nurse)
  • Professional license
    • MSN
      • NPs must have a current and unencumbered RN and APN license in the state of residence in which clinical experiences will be completed
      • Nurse Administrators must have a current and unencumbered RN license in the state of residence where clinical experiences will be completed.
    • BSN - current and unencumbered RN license in Kentucky or compact state.

The following requirements only apply to the MSN to DNP option:

  • Completed verification of post-baccalaureate practice hours form.  (Applicants who cannot demonstrate a minimum of 500 clinical hours in graduate program will be expected to complete clinical course work beyond the proposed curriculum.)
  • Graduate level statistics within past 5 years.

Please note that the first term to which a student can be admitted to the BSN to DNP option is Fall 2013.

    • For more information please contact: Dr. Eve Main at: eve.main@wku.edu
    • Resume, Goal Statement and references should be sent as an attachment to graduate.studies@wku.edu.  Please identify your name in the body of the e-mail.
 Last Modified 3/24/14