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for classes starting the following summer semester

Admission Requirements

Students will be selected based on the evaluation of a portfolio of evidence to include the following:

  • Masters degree with focus in specialty nursing or administration and minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Receipt of two official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
  • Unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in United States
  • For advanced practice roles:
    • Current recognition as advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) by state board of nursing in a state where role is recognized.
    • Click here for online APRN application.
  • For nurse administrator roles:
    • Current licensure as a registered nurse.
    • National certification in administration, preferred.
    • Additional coursework will be required if the master's degree is not in nursing.
    • Click here for online Nurse Administrator application.
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Three professional references (.doc), (suggestions are from a supervisor, previous faculty or other professional reference)
  • Satisfactory completion of a face to face interview, (if applicable), and
  • An essay addressing (1) specific personal, academic, and/or professional strengths or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the TCU DNP program, (2) your interest in a practice doctorate and how the program goals will help you achieve your goals, and (3) an overview of your proposed area of interest for your final capstone project. The essay is to be double spaced with one inch margins; Times New Roman 12 font; and, a maximum of two pages.
  • Priority consideration given to applicants with at least two years experience in the post-master's role.

*All submitted materials become the property of TCU

Satisfactory completion of drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours.

If accepted, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position.

Prospective distance learning students residing in Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Maryland:

Due to higher education regulations and the complexity of rules and regulations of some states, Texas Christian University (TCU), is currently unable to accept new applications for admissions to our distance education programs and courses from students residing in Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Maryland. TCU is also unable to allow for-credit field experiences, including internships, clinical, and practicums to take place in these states. We regret this restriction as it is our goal to offer a quality education to students everywhere.

Please visit our website for an interactive map showing state authorization:


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