*Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) approval for DNP program pending

Program Summary

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a program of doctoral study for the professional nurse seeking specialty preparation in advanced practice nursing.  The DNP Program prepares nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners to be advanced practice nurse leaders who work to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality, and safety for vulnerable populations in the Vincentian tradition.

The application deadline for the DNP adult nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner tracks is April 1, 2013 for the fall 2013 quarter. To apply online, go to www.depaul.edu/apply. Please note that only post-master’s students are eligible for the fall 2013 cohort.​
Application materials can be mailed to the office of graduate admission, 2400 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 or emailed to graddepaul@depaul.edu.
Attention Nurse Anesthesia Applicants:
Please note that the nurse anesthesia program is offered jointly with NorthShore University HealthSystem’s School of Nurse Anesthesia. Students applying to the nurse anesthesia program should follow NorthShore’s application instructions and admission deadlines. For details on admission requirements and deadlines please visit the NorthShore website​.  

The DNP Graduate Will
  • Demonstrate the advanced knowledge and skills that comprise a foundation for advanced nursing practice.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and the basic sciences that support the advanced practice of nursing
  • Contribute to the specialty  through participation in systemic inquiry and other scholarly endeavors
  • Develop the ability to work independently, accepting responsibility and accountability for one's own advanced practice.
  • Assume a leadership role in influencing the direction of health care at the local and national level
  • Incorporate a philosophy of social caring based on respect for the whole person, embodied in professional practice and service activities within a multicultural society
  • Embody a commitment to self-directed life-long learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • Demonstrate responsibility to society by establishing a practice that is based upon professional standards as well as ethical and moral principles
  • Use an analytical framework to evaluate information systems and technology in health care

Admission Requirements
  1. Online application (www.depaul.edu/apply​)
  2. Master’s degree in nursing.
  3. Current and unrestricted Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Illinois.
  4. Two thousand hours of current work experience within the last two years required for nurse practitioner tract prior to beginning clinical practicum. Two years full time ICU experience prior to matriculation required for nurse anesthesia tract.
  5. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale from the previous 60 hours of college coursework.
  6. GRE within the last 5 years is required for BSN students in both the nurse anesthesia and nurse practitioner tracts,  and for post masters students in the nurse practitioner tract with a GPA < 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Student must achieve a total of 1000 for Verbal and Quantitative sections, and 4.0 for the Written section if taken prior to 8/31/2011. Students must achieve 300 compiled verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on written section if taken after  8/31/2011
  7. TOEFL score of 590 (PBT) or 96 (iBT) or above if the applicant’s primary language is not English.  In addition, the applicant will be required to demonstrate equivalent proficiency by an on-campus written essay, evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
  8. Two letters of recommendation, with one letter of recommendation from the student’s direct supervisor at his/her current place of employment.
  9. Personal interview with a minimum of two faculty members will be scheduled after the application file is complete.
  10. Personal statement 2 - 3 pages in length showing fit with school mission and program.  The personal statement will also include a description of the reason for pursuing the DNP, the applicant’s short-term and long-term professional goals, the applicant’s current area of nursing practice, an aggregate population that is of interest, and possible ideas for the DNP cumulative project (Scholarly Leadership Project).
  11. Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting past education, clinical experience, scholarly endeavors and professional and community activity.
  12. Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  13. Pre-requisites: Nurse Anesthesia: Organic Chemistry completed within last five years. Nurse Practitioner: Two courses of chemistry (inorganic and organic) with lab within the last five years for all applicants except certified advanced practice nurses.
The School of Nursing has the option to waive admission requirements.

Registered Nurses with a Masters in Nursing or a MSN may receive up to 12 credit hours of transfer credit for prior education, with individual review of all transcripts.  In addition, applicants with current certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse from an accredited program, and current licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse in their state of residence will receive advanced placement in the program. 

Applicants holding a MS degree in Nursing or MSN degree without certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse, will be required to hold current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois prior to the first day of classes.  Applicants holding a MS degree in Nursing or a MSN degree with certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse will be required to hold current licensure as a Registered Nurse and as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the State of Illinois, and current certification from a national certifying body (e.g. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Credentialing Center, ) in their area of specialty area of practice prior to the first day of classes.

International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission.  Please visit http://csh.depaul.edu/admission/graduate/Pages/international-student-admissions.aspx​ for exact information.