Admissions/Professional Requirements for Doctor of Nursing Practice


All applicants, including graduates of foreign institutions, must hold either U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application.  DACA recipients or candidates with pending citizenship or permanent residency cannot be considered.

Professional Licensure

Current, unencumbered California state Registered Nursing licensure is required prior to application.

Professional Experience

One year of full-time nursing practice is required.  Experiences must be documented in a Curriculum Vitae or Resume and must be verifiable.

Technological Experience

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a basic working knowledge of internet and email usage, and word processing (Microsoft Office Suite).


A Master's Degree in Nursing is preferred.  Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing will be considered provided they have also earned a Master's Degree in a health related field (e.g., Public Health, Business Administration, Health Administration, etc.).  Degrees must be earned from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent and must be completed prior to the first day of mandatory orientation.  All Master's level coursework must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Graduates of Foreign Institutions

The School of Nursing will consider applications from graduates of foreign institutions though the program will not evaluate foreign transcripts.  Transcripts and coursework from foreign institutions must be evaluated by a recognized evaluation agency.  Evaluations must be included with the application and must indicate that the foreign degree can be considered equivalent to a degree from a regionally accredited US institution.