Apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Fall 2021 application

The application for fall 2021 program start will open in September. Continue to monitor this page for updates. Please contact our assistant director of nursing student services with questions.

Information for Applicants

Admission and Eligibility Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 81 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 6.5 total band

In addition to meeting the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants for graduate study for the Doctor of Nursing Practice must have:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical course.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within 5 years of enrollment in the designated research course within the DNP program coursework.
  • Interview assessment reviewed by graduate faculty.
  • Applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for leaving that said program.  A letter of recommendation must also be submitted to the College of Nursing from the dean/director of their former program that includes the applicant’s standing in that program upon exit.
  • Completed Compliance requirements: Clear Background check, clear FBI rolled fingerprint, clear drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine and TB test.
  • For Bachelor's to DNP applicants who completed their higher education within the United States:

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.

  • For Bachelor's to DNP applicants who completed their higher education outside the United States:

    • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
  • For Master's to DNP applicants who completed their higher education within the United States:
    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
    • Master’s degree in nursing (from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
  • For Master's to DNP applicants who completed their higher education outside the United States:

    • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
    • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Master’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system. 
  • Master's to DNP option 1 applicants are required to have National certification as a NP, CRNA, CNM or CNS.
Application Requirements

Each applicant is required to complete two applications:

  1. (1) Application to the SDSU graduate nursing program, and
  2. (1) Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

View the application instructions for complete details. Following review of the applications, eligible applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview and online written assessment.

Application Deadlines

Degree

Specialty

Cycle opens

Final deadline

Doctor of Nursing Practice   

Bachelor's to DNP

Family nurse practitioner

October 1, 2019

July 15, 2020

Doctor of Nursing Practice     

Post master's to DNP

Current APRNsOctober 1, 2019July 15, 2020

Doctor of Nursing Practice     

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

Family nurse practitioner

 

 

October 1, 2019

Closed

Doctor of Nursing Practice     

Post master's to DNP/FNP in Rapid City

Family nurse practitionerOctober 1, 2019Closed
Applicants Offered Admission

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

Application Restrictions by State

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 link: South Dakota State University - Continuing & Distance Education - state authorization information.

If you are a current resident of a state identified on the above listed webpage, 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.

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