Admission to DNP Program

Application Deadlines

February 15 – Application deadline to start in summer or fall semester. Applies to the following programs: AGCNS, FNP, LDR, PCNS, PMHNP, PNP.

September 30 – Application deadline to start in spring semester. Applies to the following programs: AGCNS, FNP, LDR, PCNS, PMHNP, PNP.

Admission Requirement

Students can begin coursework any semester following program acceptance.  N7087 (Leadership and Technology Institute) is required as on-campus days within your admission year during summer semester.  (Fall start would be the next summer.)

Admission Criteria

Students interested in the DNP program must meet the following admission criteria:

Prerequisite Coursework

Completion of a graduate level statistics course with a grade of “C” or higher with in the last five years. If you have not taken a graduate level statistics course, you may complete Nursing 7010 (preferred) or STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences within the first year of enrollment.

Transfer of Graduate Credits

Up to 38 graduate credits of required coursework can be accepted in transfer with the approval of the program director.  If students have combined classes, e.g., patho/pharm or physiology/health assessment, they would need to take each class individually to be eligible to sit for certification.

Additional Application Requirements

International Degree Programs

If your degree is from a college or university outside of the United States, the institution must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. The degree must be equivalent to a four year U.S. bachelor’s degree, or higher degree. Contact with questions regarding degree equivalency.

International Applicants

  1. Satisfactory English language test score within the last 2 years (non-native English speaking applicants only).
  2. International students must submit a photocopy of a current RN license from their home country with their Masters application.
  3. International nurses must obtain a Missouri RN license prior to beginning coursework. In order to obtain a Missouri RN license, the applicant will need to pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) exam and the NCLEX exam. Applicants are encouraged to take the CGFNS exam in their home country. For more information, contact the Missouri State Board of Nursing at: or by telephone 573-751-0681.

Prohibited Applications

Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs from students residing in several states. See the State Authorization for Distance Education page at Mizzou Online to learn more.

Federal regulations require the Sinclair School of Nursing to disclose whether its degree programs meet U.S. states’ educational requirements for licensure [34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v)]. Please visit the Missouri Online Licensure and Disclosures website to determine if your program of interest meets the educational requirements.

Current and potential students are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the state licensing board.

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Application Process

Questions? Contact Us

For questions about the DNP programs or applying to the DNP programs, contact Sinclair School of Nursing student services at 573-882-0277 or 800-437-4339, or email