Admissions Requirements: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admissions Criteria for entry with:

  • Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice: At least a masters in nursing with an advanced practice certification
  • Executive Leadership in Heath Care or Academic Nursing: At least a masters in nursing, health care leadership, nursing informatics or APRN
    • OR, BSN and a masters in a non-nursing health related field (MBA, MHA, MMHC etc.)

Admission Criteria

  1. Official Transcripts. Applicants must submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution. A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA for graduate work is preferred.

    Mail transcripts to:

    Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN)
    127 S. Davis Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43222

    Electronic and official paper transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to MCCN

    Transfer Credit

    Transfer credit is considered for courses taken elsewhere within five years of admission. Work presented for transfer credit must be from an accredited college and is subject to evaluation in light of the degree requirements of the university.

    To have a course considered for transfer credit, applicants must make the request at least six (6) weeks before the course begins and submit this petition to with the course syllabus enclosed. A maximum of six (6) credits can be considered for transferred. The program director approves transfer credit for all DNP courses. If transfer credit is approved, it will appear on the student's official transcript and the hours earned will count toward the DNP.

  2. Registered Nurse Licensure. An unencumbered Registered Nurse license must be presented.
  3. Résumé or curriculum vitae
  4. Letters of Recommendation. Strong professional references from two professionals prepared at the doctoral level who can speak to the applicant’s current abilities and potential for academic and clinical competence. One recommendation must be from a nurse who is prepared at the doctoral level.
  5. Statement of Purpose. The 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. The types document is approximately 3-4 paragraphs and should include:
    • Professional and academic background, skills and accomplishments
    • DNP project – target setting of interest
    • Why the program is a good fit for your interests and career goals
  6. Technical Requirements. Mount Carmel College of Nursing considers the Internet communication interface an essential learning resource for doctoral students. DNP students will be required to have a home computer, printer and reliable Internet service provider that has high-speed broadband Internet access. Technical requirements can be found here.
  7. Interview. After the initial review of the application, applicants may be contacted for an interview.
  8. A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
    • 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 scores should be mailed directly from TOEFL to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Office of Admissions, 127 South Davis Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43222

Admission Criteria for DNP, Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice

  1. Advanced Practice Certification. Applicants must have Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) national certification as a CNS, NP, CNM or CRNA in their areas of specialty as appropriate.
  2. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure. Applicants must have APRN licensure in their home state, if required.

Admission Criteria for DNP, Executive Leadership in Healthcare or Academic Nursing

  1. Advanced Practice Certification. Advanced specialty certification in nursing through a nationally recognized organization is preferred but not required.
  2. Non-nursing Master’s or non-advanced practice Master’s Degree Candidates. For individuals holding a non-nursing master’s degree or those who have an earned master’s degree in nursing in non-advanced practice specialty, an individualized plan of study will be developed as indicated.

Application Deadline

  • November 20, 2019 (Spring Semester 2020 Start)
  • March 20, 2020 (Summer Semester 2020 Start)

Application Process

  • Questions regarding the application process or admission status should be directed to: DNP Admissions via email:
  • Admitted DNP candidates who accept admittance must provide a non-refundable Confirmation Fee of $300 will be applied to spring semester tuition

Post-Baccalaureate Practice Hours

  • 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 who are not eligible for national advanced specialty certification or who do not hold national advanced specialty certification complete the required post-baccalaureate practice hours throughout the DNP program.

Online Program Eligibility

  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing is committed to complying with all states’ regulations for its distance learning programs. Each Distance Learning program has varying eligibility regulations. To see if this program is offered in your state, please check your eligibility or contact your local Board of Nursing before applying.

Dates of Required On-site Immersive Experiences for 2019-2020

  • Spring Semester Start
    • Session 1 – January 29-February 2 (Wednesday – Sunday)
    • Session 2 – May 29 – June 2 (Friday – Tuesday)
  • Summer Semester Start
    • Session 1 –June 3 -7 (Wednesday – Sunday)
    • Session 2 – August 27-30 (Thursday – Sunday)