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Nursing - Collaborative Doctor of Nursing Practice

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Nursing. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

The admission requirements are as follows:

  • Earned master’s degree in nursing with a minimum grade of 3.0/4.0 in any master’s-level courses taken, based on official transcripts
  • Successful completion of upper level statistics course within past 5 years or concurrent enrollment in a pre-approved course during the first CDNP semester
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 written or 77 web-based for international students
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse (RN)

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

  • The Graduate School Application Form. This is to be completed on-line at the Graduate School Web site: http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/admissions/.
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test - Not required
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters - Three letters of recommendation evaluating your scholarly potential.  One should be from a clinical advisor or supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer.
  • Statement of Purpose - 300-500 word essay, which addresses your reasons fro pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice, career goals, and practice interests.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copy of current U.S. RN license
  • Criminal Background Check from approved agency (see below)

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall or Summer Spring
U.S. Citizen June 1 No Entry
International June 1 No Entry

Completing the Application:

  • Transcripts:
    • Submit two official (original) transcripts from each university or college you have ever attended, even if you did not complete a degree at that college. Please ask the colleges to send your transcripts directly to the College of Nursing at the address below. If you attended any campus of Purdue University in the past, you can check the box in the online application that gives us permission to access your records. If you do this, we can directly request your Purdue transcripts. However, you will still need to have all other transcripts sent to the College of Nursing as we cannot use undergraduate admission records (for transfer credit posted to the Purdue transcripts). Also, the Graduate Studies Office at PUC now accepts electronic transcripts from institutions of higher education in the United States. If you are submitting electronic transcripts as part of your application package, please request that the Registrar of your institution direct the electronic transcripts to the Graduate Studies Office (see below for specific instructions). The Registrar of your institution (undergraduate and graduate, if any) should direct the electronic transcripts to Ms. Peggy Greer, Coordinator of Admissions and Records, at grad@purduecal.edu. The Coordinator will then direct the transcript information to the College of Nursing upon receipt. If submitting electronic transcripts, only one official is needed. Electronic transcripts from applicants for degrees/course work earned outside the United States are not currently accepted.
  • GRE Test (Not Required)
  • TOEFL Test (Refer to Additional International Applicant Requirements above)
  • Recommendation letters
    • In order to process your admission, you are required to submit three recommendations evaluating your scholarly potential and ability to pursue graduate study. At least one recommendation should be from a professor of nursing. Recommendations may be completed directly through the application system. You will just need the e-mail addresses of the people that will give your recommendations, and the system will contact them to complete the form. As an alternative, you can also print the recommendation form, give the form to each recommender and ask them to mail their recommendation form directly to the College of Nursing.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose consists of 300-500 words that address your purpose for undertaking graduate study, your reasons for choosing Purdue, career goals and research interests. Because you must upload a document in order to submit your application, we suggest that you upload a document stating only the following “Statement of Purpose to follow.” This will help expedite the application process. Then, at a later date, attach your completed statement to a separate email addressed to Sue Silaj, Graduate Program Secretary for the College of Nursing, at Jessica.Pierce@purduecal.edu. As an alternative, you can mail your statement to the College of Nursing.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Because you must upload a resume in order to submit your application, we suggest that you upload a document stating only the following “Resume to follow.” This will help expedite the application process. Then, at a later date, attach your completed resume to a separate email addressed to Sue Silaj, Graduate Program Secretary for the College of Nursing, at Jessica.Pierce@purduecal.edu. As an alternative, you can mail your resume to the College of Nursing.
  • Copy of current U.S. RN license
    • Submit a copy of your current registered nurse license(s) to the College of Nursing or provide us with the state and license number. If we are able to access a state license database we will pull a copy of your license (if available).
  • Criminal Background Check
    • Please follow the instructions on the Criminal Background Check Instructions in order to complete your criminal background check. Note that we cannot accept criminal background checks from other companies.  Go to www.CertifiedBackground.com and enter package code CH00grad (zeros). The results will be available in approximately 48-72 hours.  The company will send you an Access Key or Password to view the results of your background check.  Please call the College of Nursing at 219-989-2815 and provide that along with the last four digits of your social security number. This password is NOT your login password which you created when you created your account.  The graduate program secretary will then use this information to obtain the report. If you have questions, please call 219-989-2815.
Contact Information Mailing Address
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Name: Heather M. Cook, M.A.
Graduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (219) 989-2815
E-mail: cookh@pnw.edu

College of Nursing Graduate Program
Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
USA

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Current U.S. RN license
  • Successful completion of an introductory statistics course taken within past five years
  • Physical Assessment course
  • Criminal Background Check from approved agency (see above)

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required, but recommended

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

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