Admission Requirements

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF NURSING
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE ADMISSION CRITERIA


BSN-DNP
Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program
Official transcripts from every college/university attended must be sent to Murray State University, Graduate Admission Office
Three positive professional references (forms provided)
Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse*
Eligible for RN licensure in Kentucky
 Interview with the Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee
 If applicant has been dismissed from or withdrawn from a graduate nursing program, he or she must provide a letter of good standing from all previously attended graduate programs
 Submit proof of current CPR certification, immunizations, and TB testing
English Proficiency Requirements:
If native tongue is not English the student must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). The minimum requirements are as follows:
A minimum cumulative score of:
86 combined
AND minimum individual scores of:
26 in speaking
20 in writing
20 in reading
20 in listening

NURSE ANESTHESIA SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Two (2) years critical care experience as a registered nurse (excluding orientation to the critical care unit) within the past 5 years and by the time of application
Chemistry prerequisite: organic, inorganic, or biochemistry course
Current PALS and ACLS
Completion of CCRN or NIC certification exams preferred
* In addition students will be required to be licensed as an RN in any state in which they intend to complete clinical hours for the program.
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE

POST MASTER’S ENTRY

Master’s grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale. 
Individuals must hold a master’s degree in nursing with advanced practice credentials from a program accredited by ACEN or CCNE.
Official transcripts from every college/university attended must be sent to Murray State University, Graduate Admission Office.
CERTIFICATION: ALL students: Current Basic Life Support (CPR Certification) Nurse Anesthesia only: Current PALS and ACLS APRN Certification: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Certified Nurse Midwife or Nurse Anesthetist (NA).
English Proficiency Requirements: If native tongue is not English the student must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). The minimum requirements are as follows: A minimum cumulative score of: 86 combined AND minimum individual scores of: 26 in speaking 20 in writing 20 in reading 20 in listening
Three professional references (forms provided)
Unencumbered licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)*
An interview with DNP faculty is required
* In addition students will be required to be licensed as an APRN in any state in which they intend to complete clinical hours for the program.
**Proof of liability insurance for advanced practice nursing, current immunizations, hepatitis vaccine or signed wavier, and TB testing are required before enrollment in clinical nursing courses. Please send copies of these to the Graduate Coordinator, School of Nursing.