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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.

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 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)

The following documents must be submitted:

  • 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 - A 300-500 word essay, which addresses your reasons for pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice, career goals, and practice interests.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your current registered nurse license

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

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen February 22 (preferential) - June 1 (standard) No Entry No Entry
International February 22 (preferential) - June 1 (standard) No Entry No Entry


Contact Information Mailing Address
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Name:  Ms. Ashley Brooks
Phone:  (765) 494-9248
E-mail:  albrooks@purdue.edu 


School of Nursing
Johnson Hall of Nursing
Purdue University
502 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2069
USA

Completing the application: A “Statement of Purpose” is required.

This statement should include:
- your reasons for seeking an MS or DNP degree
- how this degree will help you achieve your personal goals

The “Statement of Purpose” should be 350-500 words (single spaced text, 11 point Arial font, 0.75 inch margins).

For the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program three letters of recommendation are required (one letter from a clinical supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer).

A personal interview with a graduate program faculty advisor will be required for the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.

Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required (and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of an undergraduate OR graduate statistics* course. The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.*STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required(and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of an undergraduate OR graduate statistics* course. The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.
    *STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.
  • 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

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing 
  • Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing 
  • Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • 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

Doctoral Degree Program Hybrid Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required (and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required(and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • 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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