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DNP - Admission Information

FALL SEMESTER (all programs except Nurse Anesthesia) 
*Deadline: February 1 for both the 3- and 4-year plan of study

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Admission to all DNP programs—except the Anesthesia Nursing program—is offered only for the fall semester. The DNP in Anesthesia Nursing program offers only summer session admission.

>>> Applications after the deadline may be considered as space allows; interviews for applications after the deadline TBD <<<

*Notification of Admission: Applicants will be notified regarding admission by mid-March

SUMMER SESSION (Nurse Anesthesia)  
*Deadline: June 1 of each year for a session beginning the following summer

    DNP Admission Requirements:

    • Baccalaureate or advanced degree in nursing
    • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. Note: the minimum GPA for the Dual Certification Programs is 3.5
    • Graduate from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program
    • Completion of prerequisite course by the start of the program 
      • An upper-level statistics course should be completed within five (5) years of the application deadline. Acceptable University of Iowa courses are as follows: STAT:3510 (22S:101), PSQF:4143 (07P:143), STAT:4143, and (22S:102), or BIOS:4120 (171:160). Equivalent courses from other colleges will be accepted as well. The course must be an undergraduate, upper-level (junior/senior) course. For courses outside the University of Iowa, please refer to the college’s catalog or registrar’s office to verify the course numbering scheme. Also note that community college courses are very good; however, they are considered undergraduate freshman/sophomore courses, and therefore, we will not be able accept them as a prereq statistics course. The course must be taken for a letter grade and you must receive a C or higher. Note that this prereq does not apply to the Post-APRN-DNP program. If you have further questions, contact Jen Clougherty ( or Renee Lepine (
    • Completion of work experience as applicable (see DNP FAQs)

    Additional Requirements for post-APRN applicants:

    • MSN in a recognized ARNP specialty
    • Copy of certification card

    Requirements for International Students
    Due to the level of Internet-based course work required, international students in this program of study are not eligible for F-1, F-2, or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) via email at

    DNP Application Requirements
    Application to the Graduate College is a two-step process. The first step in the application process is to complete the Graduate College Application and pay the appropriate fee. As part of the second step, Graduate Admission will contact you by email and provide directions to upload the following items:

    1. Statement of Purpose
    2. Supplemental Information form
    3. Resume
    4. Copy of RN license
    5. Contact information including email address for three recommenders. The recommenders will be sent an email and asked to complete this recommendations form
    6. Statement of Disclosure

    You are also required to submit unofficial transcripts for work done in all undergraduate and graduate schools to the Office of Admissions as part of your application process. Once admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Current and former UI students do not need to provide unofficial or official UI transcripts.

    Requirements Specifically for Post-Graduate Certificate Students 
    {*Please contact the Graduate Programs Office at prior to applying}

    **The online application to Graduate Admissions is not necessary. Instead, you will complete the Graduate Nondegree Application at the following website: Be sure to indicate Certificate for the Purpose of Attending and then indicate which certificate program you are applying to. Submit all documents to

    • Goal Statement
    • Statement of Disclosure
    • Transcripts (we will accept unofficial or student copies) University of Iowa transcripts do not need to be provided. Note, once admitted, Graduate Admission will require official transcripts from all colleges except the University of Iowa.
    • Resume
    • Copy of RN license
    • Copy of APRN certification card
    •  Verification on clinical hours from the director of their NP program (non-University of Iowa graduates only)
    • Three (3) professional recommendations (University of Iowa recommendation forms required). Recommendation to be sent electronically by recommender to

    Click here for additional information about our Post-Graduate Certificate programs