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Admission Requirements

The following criteria must be met in order for your application to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to receive full consideration:

  • Baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program OR a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing plus an RN license. Applicants may apply as they are completing their degree but all students enrolling in the DNP program must have a bachelor’s degree before matriculating into the program.
  • Students must have at least a 3.00/4.00 grade point average for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of the first baccalaureate degree.
  • All students must have a valid license to practice professional nursing in at least one jurisdiction. Applicants may apply before they have passed the NCLEX and attained nursing licensure.
    • A brief grace period will be granted to any new student who does not meet this requirement. A compliance hold will be placed on the UIC student account until students submit their RN license. Any student who fails to submit proof of RN licensure to UIC by December 1 of their first semester in the College of Nursing will be dismissed. Students dismissed by the College of Nursing must re-apply and gain readmission to the program in order to register for any additional courses.
  • Applicants to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program must have a minimum of one year of RN experience in an adult acute care setting by the time of admission. ICU experience is preferred.
  • Applicants to the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program must have a minimum of one year, full-time, RN experience in a pediatric, acute care setting by the time of admission. Pediatric emergency department or ICU experience is preferred.
Note for International Applicants

The DNP program does not meet F-1/J-1 student visa requirements. Applicants in other visa categories should check regulations for their specific visa type before applying.

* Please note some deadline exceptions may apply for our active military applicants. If you are active military, please reach out to if you have any questions.

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