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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 100 web-based for international students
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse (RN)
  • Personal Interview (will be scheduled following submission of application and all related documents)

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:

  • Go to Apply Now and create an account, username and password.  
  • As you “Begin Your Application” select the “Term and Program Information” as follows:
    • Campus: Hammond Campus
    • Program of Interest/Graduate Major: Nursing – Collaborative Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Enrollment Objective: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Select Entry Term and Year: appropriate term
  • Transcripts - Because we are a full-disclosure program, transcripts from each university or college ever attended are required even if you did not complete a degree at that college or transferred courses in to another college.
  • GRE Test - Not required
  • English Proficiency - (Also refer to Additional International Applicant Requirements below)
  • 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 including your reasons for choosing Purdue University Northwest, Hammond campus, your career goals, and practice interests in transforming healthcare through translational science and evidence based practice.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copy of current U.S. RN license - To submit this information just email the nursing graduate program academic advisor (see below) with your state of licensure and RN license number. Verification/confirmation can usually be obtained from state licensure databases.

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

Fall  Spring Or Summer
U.S. Citizen June 1 November 1
International June 1 November 1
Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest

Name: Heather M. Cook, M.A.
Graduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (219) 989-2815

College of Nursing Graduate Program
Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Attention:  Heather M. Cook, M.A.

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

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: 100 
    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

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

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.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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