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Application & Admission

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The application cycle for fall 2019 program start will open on September 15, 2018.

Admission and eligibility requirements

Requirement

Degree

Program Option/ Specialty

When Required

Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

*Note:  Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Application

Completion of a Master’s degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

*Note:  Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

MS-DNP

All

Application

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Application

Active Advanced Practice Certification in one of the following areas:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

MS-DNP (Option 1) ****

All

Application

Minimum cumulative GPA:  3.3 on a 4.0 scale

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Application

Completion of an approved statistics course (containing both descriptive and inferential statistics) within 5 years of enrollment in the designated research course within the DNP program coursework.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Prior to end of 1st semester of graduate nursing coursework.

1500 hours of nursing practice (as verified by employer) as a Registered Nurse prior to enrollment in the first nursing clinical course.

*Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner option may require specific additional RN experience working with pediatric and/or neonatal populations.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Prior to first clinical lab or within 1st year of program.

Letter to the SDSU Graduate Nursing Program from the dean/director of applicant's former/current program that includes applicant's current standing and/or standing upon exit.*

*For applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another university.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Application
Interview with graduate faculty and/or graduate admissions committee member(s).

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

All

Following application review

(for applicants that meet criteria only)

Coverage by non-employer sponsored RN liability insurance (1 million / 5 million).

BS-DNP

MS-DNP (Non-APRNs)

All

Admission

Additional Specialty Coverage, e.g. student coverage (NP or CNS), OR APRN coverage.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP (APRNs)

MS-DNP (non-APRNs)

FNP

CNS

CRNA

Nurse Midwife

 

Dependent upon program option

Background check/FBI rolled fingerprints

(admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the background check).

All

All

Admission

(and annual Background Check)

Drug Screen

(admission to a program is conditional based of the results of the drug screen).

All

All

Admission

Required Immunizations

(admission to a program is conditional based on completion of the required immunizations).

All

All

Admission

(and annually for specific immunizations)

For applicants with English as a second language, one the following tests for English proficiency must be completed within 2 years preceding the requested semester of admission: 

  • TOEFL of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based score, or
  • IELTS score of 7.0 total band.

ALL

All

Application

***Applicants with a master's degree in a non-clinical specialty are eligible to apply to the Master's DNP/FNP, however, will be required to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner course/clinical requirements.


Application requirements

Each applicant is required to complete two applications:

  1. Application to the SDSU Graduate Nursing Program, and
  2. Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

You will complete the SDSU Graduate Nursing Application via NursingCAS (online application service). Please refer to the Application Instructions and Checklist when completing the application. The checklist will be posted here when the application cycle opens.

To complete the SDSU Graduate School Application (online application), please follow the Graduate School's  instructions for completing their application. Please note, this application does not require transcripts or letters of recommendation.

In addition, the following documents are to be completed and uploaded to your NursingCAS document:

  1. DNP Program Personal Statement
  2. Legal Questions Supplemental Form
  3. Statistics Form
  4. Verification of Employment Form

The deadlines for complete applications are listed below. In Progress / Incomplete / Non-verified applications will not be considered.

Applications are considered COMPLETE if they are listed in the NursingCAS system as follows:

  • Complete - this designation applies to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS.
  • Verified –   this designation applies to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS.

NOTE:  ALL applications MUST be designated as VERIFIED by NursingCAS to be considered for admission.

Priority Consideration (Family Nurse Practitioner Only):  Complete and/or Verified applications received by the PRIORITY deadline will be reviewed with potential for early notification of acceptance to the program. Only applications that have been designated as VERIFIED status by NursingCAS will be considered for Interview.

Deadlines

Degree / Certificate

Specialty / Emphasis

Applications accepted beginning

Priority Consideration
Round 1
Deadline

Priority Consideration
Round 2
Deadline

Final Application
Deadline

Interview Required

Doctor of Nursing Practice    Bachelor's to DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

9/15/201810/16/201812/31/2018

TBD

Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice    Bachelor's to DNP

 

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

9/15/2018

N/A

N/A

3/15/2019

Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice      Post Master's DNP

Current APRNs9/15/2018N/AN/A03/15/19Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice      Post Master's DNP/FNP

Brookings/  Sioux Falls

Family Nurse Practitioner

 

 

9/15/201810/16/2018

12/31/2018

TBD

Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice      Post Master's DNP/FNP

Rapid City

Family Nurse Practitioner9/15/201810/16/201812/31/2018TBDYes

Following review of the applications, eligible applicants to program will be contacted to schedule the interview.

Applicants who are offered admission to the program will be required to:

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services.

Important

Due to regulations in certain states, South Dakota State University College of Nursing is unable to accept applicants from several identified states as noted on the following weblink:

South Dakota State University - Continuing & Distance Education - State Authorization Information

If you are a current resident of a state identified on the above listed weblink, we regret that we are unable to consider your application for admission.

If you do not currently reside in one of the identified states and are offered and accept admission, please note that should your relocate to one of the identified states while in the program, you may not be able to complete the program.

If you have questions concerning this, please contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services – Graduate Program.

Attention

For applicants interested in the Neonatal, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner options:

SDSU collaborates with the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to provide components of these program options. Due to higher education regulatory requirements, SDSU is unable to accept applications from persons who reside in states that either the University of Missouri-Columbia or Kansas City are not authorized to provide coursework. Additional information related to this can be found at the following links: University of Missouri - Columbia and University of Missouri - Kansas City