Leadership Admissions

The deadline for application to the Post-Masters DNP Leadership program is May 15th each year. Students will begin coursework in the fall semester in the year of admission.

  • One official transcript from each college or university attended.
  • A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program in leadership/administration, informatics, or an advanced practice specialty (NP, CRNA, CNM or CNS)
  • Certification as an APRN (if applicable) Note: It is preferred that APRNs have at least two years of management experience.
  • Grade-point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale on all graduatework.
  • Evidence of current unrestricted RN licensure from North Carolina or a National Council of State Boards of Nursing compact state. International applicants must work with the Commission of Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools validate credentials before applying for RN licensure.
  • Satisfactory performance on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores where English is not the first language. Students on foreign student visas must present evidence of professional standing in their respective countries.
  • Computer competency with proficiency in development and use of databases, patient information systems, statistical sets, and use of various statistical packages for data analysis.
  • A graduate statistics course which includes inferential statistics within the past 5 years is recommended.
  • A graduate research methodology course.
  • GRE requirement waived for those with an earned MSN.
  • Written statement of personal career, educational, and scholarship goals; identification of practice interests, leadership goals and match with program goals.
  • Three written professional references from individuals with expertise to comment on the applicant’s capability for doctoral scholarship (for example, university professors, employers). At least one of the references must be from a doctoral prepared nurse.
  • A current curriculum vita.
  • A representative E-portfolio limited to no more than 25 pages demonstrating evidence of professional practice accomplishments, community service and scholarship is recommended.
  • An onlineinterview via Interview Stream to includea discussion of the student’s practice interests/career goals and research.

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What is an e-Portfolio?

The portfolio is a digital collection on an applicant's work that will be submitted directly to the GradApply website. Applicants will demonstrate contributions to the nursing profession that are not traditionally included in the resume or CV. Applicants should include volunteer experiences, activities for a professional organization in which they are a member, presentation for nurses or other professions (including guest lectures and conferences), political and advocacy involvement, publications, quality improvement projects, program development activity, etc. The portfolio cannot exceed 25 pages in length, but should include:

  • Updated resume
  • Copies of publications, posters, presentations, editorials, and abstracts
  • Professional organization membership and activity (including leadership positions and committee activities)
  • Description of volunteer work related to nursing (community health activities, global and domestic mission work, professional or patient advocacy, public and population health efforts)
  • Copies of certifications, licenses, awards, and honors
  • Professional and civic committee engagement
  • Participation in process improvement, quality improvement, program development, or program assessment
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