Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following criteria for consideration:


  1. Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Graduate Nursing, application for the DNP program.
  2. A criminal history background check will be conducted at the applicant's expense. Clinical sites may have additional requirements, e.g., immunizations, a second background check and/or drug screen at the student's expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks.
  3. International/Non-English Speaking Students - A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen must submit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission. 
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required for regular academic admission.

    Student visas (I-20s) are not issued for students wanting to enter the United States to enroll in programs offered for adult and graduate students.

Academic and Professional Requirements include submission of:

  1. Official transcript for a completed master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university and CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program. Transcripts from international programs will be individually reviewed.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a graduate level course in statistics (grade of B or higher).
  4. Earned graduate GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
  5. A current unencumbered RN license
  6. A current unencumbered APRN license (if applicable).
  7. A current resume/curriculum vitae.
  8. Three professional references, one of which is from a faculty member who can attest to the applicant's performance in their graduate nursing program.
  9. A two to three page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
  10. A general idea of a practice related issue that will serve as the focus of the translational research project; include the significance and impact of the project to nursing and health care.

General Information Regarding Admission:

  • An interview may be requested.
  • The number of applicants admitted to the DNP program will be limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
  • All students must have a reliable computer and scanner throughout the program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser for Pearson LearningStudio.
  • In order to complete assignments, students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent versions of Microsoft Office, as only the two most recent versions are supported by IWU technology. Computer and Internet connections need to be fast enough to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures which may be interspersed throughout the program.
  • International travel is expected. The cost for flights, accommodations, and some meals have been incorporated into program tuition.
  • A current passport is required.
  • Some immunizations prior to the international trip may be required as mandated by the CDC.


Graduation Requirements

To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:

  1. All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  2. Minimum grade of "B" or higher in each course
  3. The Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice Project (TENPP) successfully completed and defended within two years from the point of completing DNP course work.
  4. Full payment of tuition and fees.
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