Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria for the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program

  • Non-refundable application fee

  • 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 to interview)

  • Qualified candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview

  • A statistics course (undergraduate or graduate) taken within the past 6 years is recommended

  • Verification of Clinical Hours

More Information

Kathleen Farmer
Director of Graduate Admissions
Tel: 203-365-7642
farmerk8@sacredheart.edu