Admissions Requirements: Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is designed for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Nurse Executive (NEA-BC), or Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC) who holds an earned Master’s Degree in Nursing and a current, unrestricted OHIO APRN or RN license. Nurses with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education will also be considered for admission. As an online, post-master’s doctoral degree, the DNP curriculum prepares those in advanced nursing practice to lead the challenges of healthcare accessibility, outcome accountability and reform at the complex systems level. This includes providing evidence-based, cost-effective, collaborative healthcare to individuals, families and communities in a culturally appropriate, patient-centered manner.

Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission the following is required:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by either NLNAC/ACEN or CCNE
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) or Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC)
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from a graduate (master’s) nursing program
  • Graduate level nursing research course with a letter grade of “B” or better. Undergraduate statistics course with a letter grade of “C” or better
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals prepared at the doctoral level who can speak to the applicant’s current abilities and potential for academic and clinical success
  • A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of doctoral studies including the anticipated area of interest for the DNP project. (not to exceed 2 pages, single-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font)
  • RN Licensure and APRN certification or licensure, if an APRN, in the state where the practicum courses will be completed (currently Ohio only)
  • A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
  • One year of recent practice strongly recommended
  • Face to face, virtual or phone interview for qualified applicants
  • Transcripts – All official college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, must be sent directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Admissions Department
  • A maximum of 500 post-baccalaureate practice hours are granted by holding advanced nursing practice national certification
  • Students who have earned a Master’s in Nursing Education will need to develop an individualized curricula plan to create an advanced nursing practice cognate along with clinical hours to close the gap of 500 hours for an advanced practice nursing degree

Application Materials for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

  • Completed application here
  • Application fee
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from doctoral prepared professionals who can speak to the applicant’s current abilities and potential for academic and clinical success
  • A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of doctoral studies including the anticipated area of interest for the DNP project (not to exceed two pages, single-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font)
  • Official TOEFL scores: applies to students for whom English is not the native language; minimum required TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 79—80 (Internet based); TOEFL scores are valid two years from the test date. To learn more about the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl TOEFL scores should be mailed directly from TOEFL to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Office of Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Transcripts – all official college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, should be sent directly from the granting institution to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Office of Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, drug testing, and immigration requirements, if admitted

Application Deadline

Admission applications are accepted for Spring Semester only. Applicants who are not admitted may re-apply the following year

All application materials should be mailed to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Office of Admissions, Attention DNP Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222, and must be received by November 30, 2016

Application Process

  • The DNP Admissions Committee reviews all complete applications that meet admission criteria and determines whether an applicant is accepted into the program
  • Questions regarding the application process or admission status should be directed to: DNP Admissions via email: DNP@mccn.edu
  • Admitted DNP candidates who accept admittance must provide a non-refundable Confirmation Fee of $300 will be applied to spring semester tuition