Admission Requirements


Master-degreed advanced practice nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Applicants apply directly to Saint Louis University School of Nursing for admission. Applicants are considered individually based on the following admissions requirements.

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for admission as a classified student.
  • A master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Certification as a nurse practitioner (NP) in at least one of the nursing specialties that the School of Nursing offers as an MSN degree (i.e. acute care NP, adult NP, gerontological NP, family NP, pediatric NP, or psychiatric/mental health NP.  - OR -  Certification as a Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) with national and/or state recognition will be individually evaluated according to specialty and functional role.
  • Recognition as an advanced practice nurse (APN) in the state in which clinical experience will be done.
  • An unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state in which clinical experience will be done.
  • Supporting recommendations from three persons (preferably doctorally prepared, not related to you) who can speak to your potential for success in a doctoral level nursing program of study.
  • Successful completion of pathophysiology, pharmacology and advanced health assessment at the graduate level.
  • Evidence of recent APN experience.
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume documenting educational, clinical nursing, service to nursing profession, and community volunteer experiences as appropriate.
  • Inferential or Biostatistics course within the last 5 years. (May be taken at Saint Louis University in the summer prior to the start of the DNP program)

A potential applicant who holds a master's degree that is not in an area of advanced nursing practice will need to complete the Post-Master's Certificate program in one of the APN specialties prior to applying to the Post-Master's DNP program.

Saint Louis University currently accepts applications to the Nurse Practitioner (Master's, Post-Master's NP Certificate, and DNP) programs from those who reside in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Advising
Information about the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program, application process, curriculum plan, and academic advising is provided by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education:

Joanne Thanavaro, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, DCC, FAANP
Phone: (314) 977-8908 
Email: jthanava@slu.edu

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