Admission Criteria

  • Master’s degree in the proposed field of study (MSN) or its equivalent from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Essay (2–3 pages, double spaced): Why do you want to pursue the Sacred Heart University DNP program and what clinical nursing phenomena are you most interested in and why? Candidates must possess and articulate a focal area of clinical nursing practice or research interest that can be supported by the Sacred Heart University doctoral nursing faculty
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.2
  • Copy of current U.S. licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Copy of any additional current advanced practice nursing licensure and certification documents
  • Two sealed and signed letters of recommendation (one clinical and one academic)
  • Professional portfolio with graded writing sample (to be brought at interview)
  • Group interview
  • Undergraduate/graduate statistics course