Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website www.fgcu.edu/graduate or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.
The MSN to DNP is for students who hold a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) with an advanced practice focus (clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner) from a MSN program accredited by CCNE, ACEN, or COA, and a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent bachelor's degree in a nursing program from a foreign institution. The MSN to DNP builds upon a candidate's specialty practice area through a core that focuses on utilization of research in the practice setting, quality of care delivery, examination of health care outcomes, leadership in practice, and fundamentals of nurse education. Students may transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate level nursing course work taken within the last 5 years upon determination of equivalency with required DNP program courses.
The application deadline for priority admission to the DNP Program is March 1. After March 1, applications may be accepted on a space available basis. Students are admitted to the program for the Fall semester only.
MSN to DNP Major Application Requirements: PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETE BOTH APPLICATIONS.
Supplemental School of Nursing Application: Apply to the School of Nursing by completing a supplemental application for admission in NursingCAS, a centralized application system for nursing programs.
- In NursingCAS, provide unofficial transcript(s) for all colleges and universities attended, including a bachelor’s degree transcript from a CCNE or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) nursing program and a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent bachelor's degree in a nursing program from a foreign institution.
- Show evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Provide copy of an unrestricted Florida RN or ARNP license, or eligibility for the appropriate licensure in Florida.
- Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Provide personal statement of professional goals in 300 to 350 words.
- Show completion of the following graduate level nursing courses: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment, and Research.
- Course work in the applicant's MSN program must demonstrate equivalency to the didactic and clinical practice hours of the pre-certification phase of the FGCU BSN to DNP Program. If not, those courses must be completed prior to starting the core course work in the MSN to DNP Program.
- If applicable, applicants who have attended but not completed another DNP or doctoral nursing program must provide an official transcript from that program and a letter of standing from the dean of the school of nursing (or designee) that also addresses potential for success in a DNP program.
- A personal interview may be required with designated faculty.
- Provide three professional references that indicate your potential for doctoral study, clinical proficiency, and academic competence. References should include at least one from a faculty and one from a supervisor. If not currently employed a supervisor reference may be from a service related activity. Please request references through NursingCAS in the Applicant Evaluation Section.
FGCU Graduate Application for Admission: Apply to the University through the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Provide the Office of Graduate Admissions with official transcript(s) for all colleges and universities attended, including a bachelor’s degree transcript from a CCNE or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) nursing program and a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent bachelor's degree in a nursing program from a foreign institution.
- Provide evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.