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Nursing - DNP - Admissions Information

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Nursing DNP Applying to the Program Information

A sequence of study for the baccalaureate prepared registered nurse is available to qualified applicants who wish to pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Baptist College seeks academically well-prepared, highly motivated graduate students who are interested in advanced practice careers in nursing. The nursing graduate applicant must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Have earned an entry-level degree culminating in either a Baccalaureate in Science of Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have earned a total cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 grade-point scale) on all collegiate course work or have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 grade-point scale) during their entry-level nursing degree program.
  3. Submit final official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  4. Be in good standing and eligible to return to any institution previously attended.
  5. Hold an unencumbered Tennessee RN nursing license or have unencumbered authority to practice as an RN via multi-state privilege at the time of application. Accepted students must maintain an unencumbered RN license for the duration of the program of study.
  6. Complete two years of clinical nursing experience in an area appropriate to the selected specialty concentration prior to enrolling in the clinical courses. Students may apply for admission and take core courses while completing this requirement. For the acute care adult-gerontology practitioner concentration, one year of experience in caring for critically ill patients is desired.
  7. Submit a current resume’/curriculum vitae outlining professional nursing accomplishments.
  8. Submit a written essay outlining the applicant’s professional goals, expectations and desired achievements from the program.
  9. Complete a faculty panel interview (may be done in person or virtual)
  10. Submit an admissions application with a $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
  11. Comply with the citizenship/residency requirement for all applicants. (Refer to the Citizenship/Residency Requirement section).
  12. Upon acceptance to Baptist College, the applicant must submit the following:
  • $100.00 non-refundable enrollment deposit within 30 days of acceptance.
  • Drug screen clearance
  • Criminal background check clearance.
  • Required immunizations.
  • Proof of Basic Life Support Certification for healthcare providers or Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Students are expected to maintain current certification throughout their enrollment in the program.

All BSN-DNP students are expected to attend a new student/program orientation. Dates for orientation will be sent by postal mail and email upon acceptance to the College.