Doctor of Nursing Practice

Apply to our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has two tracks -- Executive Leadership and Advanced Clinical -- designed for big thinkers who are ready to lead and transform healthcare. Both are offered in a distance-accessible format with two- and three-year plans of study.

Admission Criteria

  • An unencumbered RN license in your state of practice.
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing (MS in Nursing or MSN) from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for both degrees.

Review program details by track

Steps to apply

If you are interested in the DNP program, please contact Nursing Graduate Admissions at the IU School of Nursing to discuss your interest in the program and learn more about our tracks and the application process.

Prior completion of a 3 credit, graduate-level statistics course from an accredited four-year university with a grade of B- or better is required for admission to the DNP program. You do not have to meet the prerequisite to apply, but it must be completed prior to beginning the DNP program. If you wish to take NURS-R 505 at IU Indianapolis, complete the Graduate Nursing Non-degree application:

  • Create account or login to existing one
  • Enter “Nursing” into search bar, and filter by campus, selecting IU Indianapolis
  • Select the application for program Graduate Nursing Non-degree

There is a $70 fee associated with this application, but you may request a fee waiver coupon code from Nursing Graduate Admissions for the Non-Degree Application.

In order to apply to the DNP program, complete the Indiana University online graduate program application. The application for August 2024 admission to the Post-MSN tracks will open January 1, 2024, and the priority deadline to apply is April 1, 2024. Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis through June 1, 2024.

  • Create account or login to existing one
  • Enter “Nursing” into search bar, and filter by campus, selecting IU Indianapolis. Select the correct DNP track application:
    • Nursing DNP: Post-MSN Executive Leadership track
    • Nursing DNP: Post MSN Advanced Clinical track
  • Carefully read the Program Descriptions to see program start dates, application deadlines, and application materials required

There is a $70 fee associated with this application.

Applicants will submit the online DNP application and provide the following required supporting materials:

  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework*
  • Three professional references indicating ability to succeed in DNP program
  • The application includes a series of short essay questions in lieu of a personal statement. Each response should be 300 words or less. Responses will be evaluated for content, clarity, congruence with the DNP role, grammar, and punctuation (Essay guidelines in next section.)
  • Current resume or CV
  • Copy of your current, unencumbered RN license and any certifications held
  • Documentation of master's clinical hours completed. Applicant will provide the MSN Clinical Hours Verification form to the institution granting the Master's degree to verify total supervised practice hours from master’s degree program. For MSN degrees completed at IU Indianapolis, we will have access to your official transcript and Plan of Study; you do not need to complete this form.

All qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a formal admission interview once the complete application packet is received.

*Submit official transcripts from each university and college attended outside of the Indiana University system. For coursework completed at Indiana University (any campus), we will have access to your official transcript - you do not need to send one.

To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to the IU School of Nursing by the issuing institution or their agent. We cannot accept transcripts that are marked “Issued to Student.” The issuing institution can send transcripts electronically to Nursing Graduate Admissions (preferred method) or by mail to:

IUSON, Attn: Nursing Graduate Admissions
600 Barnhill Drive, room NU 112C
Indianapolis, IN 46202

The DNP Curriculum & Student Affairs Committee requires applicants to show evidence of the capacity for success in the DNP program by completing focused essays within the online application. Each essay should be 300 words or less, and is your opportunity to highlight your writing ability, and to convey how a DNP will enhance and support your career path.

The essays will ask you address the following topics:

  • Describe your career goals and how a Doctor of Nursing Practice relates to those goals
  • Describe the personal and professional changes you plan to make in order to be successful in the DNP program
  • Describe your past professional accomplishments, including professional memberships, teaching, quality improvement, scholarly presentations or experiences if applicable. How did these influence you to seek a DNP?
  • Describe your academic challenges and strengths
  • Describe the unique contributions you will bring to the DNP program (can be your skills, experiences, etc)
  • Describe any past and present roles in which you have served as a leader. What challenges did you face? How did those roles help you envision your future leadership goals?