Saint Louis University

Doctor of Nursing Practice FAQ's

Q. When is the deadline for applying?

A. The deadline is March 15; applications may be considered after the deadline on a space available basis.

Q.  When does the program start?

A. A cohort is admitted to start the MSN to DNP program every fall (August).

Q. How long is the MSN to DNP program?
A. The program consists of 28 semester units and is expected to be completed over a two year period, but students may take longer.

Q. What accreditation does Saint Louis University have?
A.  Saint Louis University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SLU has been continuously accredited since 1916.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing/ master's degree in nursing/ and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Saint Louis University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Prior to 2005, Saint Louis University School of Nursing was accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission from 1928 through 2006.

Q. What is the format of the program?
A. The DNP program is offered online.

Q. Is there a required campus visit?
A. Yes, there are two required visits.  There is a 2-3 day orientation in August prior to the start of the semester. There is another visit (DNP Scholars' Day) to present the Capstone project in late fall or early spring of the final semester.


Q. Are there clinical requirements?
A. Yes. At the conclusion of the DNP program, you must have obtained 1,000 clinical practice hours. These hours must be from a supervised educational environment (e.g., the clinical practice hours completed during your MSN together with the clinical practice hours in the DNP program). Clinical hours in the DNP Program are not direct patient care hours but rather indirect care.

Q. What about transfer credits?
A. Course credit that is transferred from other schools is judged individually based on our courses and the course   similarity via the syllabus. We will not accept a course in which less than a B grade is earned. A student must have  completed 6 hours of course work at Saint Louis University prior to applying for transfer of credit.

Q. Does the DNP program prepare me to teach?
A. We do offer three nurse educator courses (6-7 credits) that may be added to the basic plan of study. An additional 3 credit hour course is also available (for a total of 9 credit hours) for those who wish to apply for NLN certification as a nurse educator (CNE).

Q. Do SLU BSN or MSN graduates have an advantage in the admission process?
A. While we welcome and encourage SLU BSN or MSN graduates to apply to the DNP program, all students will be evaluated equally in the admission process.

Q. Is the GRE required?

A. No, the GRE is not required.

Q. Is an interview required?
A. An interview may be required. If required, the purpose of the interview is to assess "fit" between your career goals and the DNP program at SLU. The interview also provides an opportunity for you to address questions you may have about the program. Phone interviews may be accepted.

Q. How many students are admitted to the DNP program?
A. We expect to admit 25-28 students.


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