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Apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The next review of applications will begin January 2, 2020. Following review, qualified applicants will be notified of the interview and written assessment instructions.

Admission and eligibility requirements

Requirement

Degree

Specialty

When Required

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

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

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to DNP

ALL

Application

Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

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

M.S. to DNP

ALL

Application

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

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to 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)

M.S. to DNP (option 1)

ALL

Application

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to 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.

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to DNP

ALL

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

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

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to 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.

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to DNP

ALL

Application
Online interviewALLALL

Following application review for applicants that meet criteria only

Online written assessmentALLALLFollowing application review for applicants that meet criteria only

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

B.S. to DNP and
M.S. to DNP (non-APRNs)

ALL

Admission

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

B.S. to DNP and
M.S.to DNP (non-APRNs and APRNS)

FNP, CNS, CRNA and Nurse midwife

 

Dependent upon program option

Background check/FBI rolled fingerprints
 

Note: admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the background check.

ALL

ALL

Admission and annual

Drug Screen
 

Note: admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the drug screen.

ALL

ALL

Admission

Required Immunizations

Note: 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 to 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
  • (1) Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

You will complete the SDSU graduate nursing application via NursingCAS (online application service). View the fall 2020 application instructions for complete details.

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. Legal questions supplemental form,
  2. Statistics form and
  3. 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.

Deadlines

Degree

Specialty

Cycle opens

Final deadline

Interview Required

Doctor of Nursing Practice   

Bachelor's to DNP

Family nurse practitioner

October 1, 2019

March 15, 2020

Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice     

Post master's to DNP

Current APRNsOctober 1, 2019March 15, 2020Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice     

Post master's to DNP/FNP in Brookings and Sioux Falls

Family nurse practitioner

 

 

October 1, 2019

March 15, 2020

Yes

Doctor of Nursing Practice     

Post master's to DNP/FNP in Rapid City

Family nurse practitionerOctober 1, 2019March 15, 2020Yes

Following review of the applications, eligible applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview/assessment. 

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 here: 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 you relocate to one of the identified states while in the program, you may not be able to complete the program.

In addition, there may be rules and regulations required by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and/or other state boards of nursing that may not provide the opportunity for out-of-state applicants to be admitted to the RN to B.S.N., RN to M.S.N., RN to DNP or and of the graduate nursing programs.

If you have questions concerning this, please contact the assistant director of nursing student services, graduate program.