DNP Application Process and Criteria for Enrollment

The Application Process Consists of Two Parts:

  1. application to the NMSU Graduate School, application to the NMSU Graduate School and forms can be found at http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/.
  2. on-site (NMSU main campus) interview (NMSU main campus visit is required to complete application including interview with graduate faculty)

 

At the School of Nursing

  • Complete applications must be submitted to the Graduate School applications-online. Incomplete applications or applications received after the posted deadline are not be considered. All SON application materials are available online at the NMSU SON website at http://schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu/online-doctor-of-nursing/. Applicants may call the graduate advisor at 575-646-7770 for additional information.
  • On-site Interviews. On-site interviews are only scheduled “after” the admission packet has been evaluated by the SON, Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants are notified within two weeks after this screening as to whether or not they will be asked to come to campus for an interview. To be prepared, please note the interview dates so that you can make your travel arrangements. The on-campus interview is mandatory. The SON does not conduct interviews over the phone or with any other web conferencing tools.

Part-Time Enrollment: There is no part-time enrollment option available in the BSN to DNP program. A part-time option is available for those in the MSN to DNP (post-master’s degree) and Post-Master’s certificate programs.

NOTE: Two sets of official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended must be sent directly from each institution. One set needs to go directly to the NMSU Graduate School in a sealed envelope from each school attended, and a second set from each school attended should be forwarded (unopened) to the School of Nursing in a second, sealed envelope. Student/applicant- hand –delivered, nonofficial transcripts are not be accepted.

Successful applicants must document satisfaction of the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Current unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 U.S. States or Territories.
  • Eligible for licensure in New Mexico
  • Completion of an upper division (400-500 level) inferential statistics course within 5 years of the application date.
  • Successful admission to the NMSU Graduate School
  • Must sign a commitment to enroll for full-time study as well as attend 3 annual week long seminars each summer (non-attendance results in non-progression in the program)
  • Participation in a face-to-face interview with graduate faculty members, onsite, at the NMSU Main Campus.
  • A letter of intent specifying career goals and a clear statement of how the DNP will advance the applicant’s clinical practice.
  • Current CV/resume.
  • A two to four (2-4) page description of an example of a common occurrence in clinical practice that the applicant would like to see changed
  • Three (3) references from colleagues in clinical practice.
  • Official transcripts from all prior college and universities attended sent directly to the School of Nursing and to the NMSU Graduate School (2 sets)
  • Satisfaction of all clinical requirements as identified by School of Nursing. All clearances must be obtained by first enrollment date. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will not progress in the program and will not be permitted to enroll in classes. Please note that completion of these requirements may delay or nullify initial program start
  • After acceptance into the program, applicants will be required to submit a criminal background check and toxicology screen (medicinal marijuana is prohibited).Failure to provide these screening items will result in dismissal and/or non-acceptance to the NMSU SON graduate program. Positive toxicology results and/or criminal background checks that do not meet the NM DOH clearance standards will mean dismissal or non-acceptance from the program

** Those applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA or borderline GPA (3.0-3.4), may wish to consider taking the Graduate Record Examination BEFORE the application deadline so that the scores can be received and considered. Consideration of GRE scores at the 80th percentile MAY contribute to an overall positive indication of success in the BSN to DNP program.

Successful applicants must document satisfaction of the following requirements:

A Master’s degree in Nursing is required with an MSN cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. If the MSN GPA (The cumulative GPA of the most recent nursing degree will be considered) is less than 3.0 but greater than 2.75 students may submit scores obtained from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within in the last 5 years from the date of application. These scores must be at the 80th percentile or better in all three GRE testing categories. No GRE test results ranking below the 80th percentile in any of the three categories will be considered.

Applicants with a graduate GPA less than 3.0 but with acceptable GRE scores will be ranked with all other applicants for possible selection for admission. If accepted, the student will be granted provisional status until 6 credit hours of graduate nursing coursework is completed with a minimum grade of “B” or better in each course taken. If satisfactory grades are not obtained, the student will not be able progress in the program and will be dropped from enrollment.

In addition: each MSN to DNP applicant:

  • Must hold current national certification and state licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse (NP, CNS, Midwife or Nurse Anesthetist)
  • Must have completed a course in Advanced Pathophysiology across the lifespan
  • Must have complete a course in Advanced Health Assessment Across the lifespan
  • Must have complete a graduate level course in Health Promotion
  • Applicants “may” be asked to provide a course syllabi for each of the above mentioned courses
  • Each applicant must participate in a face-to face interview with DNP faculty, onsite, at the NMSU main campus

Other requirements include:

  • Current, and unencumbered, RN license from one of the 50 U.S. States or Territories.
  • Completion of an upper division (400-500 level) inferential statistic course within 5 years of application date
  • Successful admission to the NMSU Graduate School
  • A letter of intent specifying career goals and a clear statement of how the DNP will advance the applicant’s clinical practice.
  • Current CV/resume.
  • A two to four (2-4) page written description of an example of a common occurrence in clinical practice that the applicant would like to see changed.
  • Three (3) references from colleagues in clinical practice.
  • 2 sets of official transcripts from all prior college and universities attended must be sent to both the School of Nursing and to the Graduate School (1 set to each).
  • Students are required to obtain official documentation or letter from the MSN, nurse practitioner (midwifery, anesthesia) program that they attended that clearly denotes the total number of clinical hours completed.
  • Satisfaction of all clinical requirements as identified by School of Nursing. All clinical clearances must be obtained by first enrollment date. DNP students will not progress (participate in courses) in the curriculum until these requirements are satisfied. Delay of finalizes these clearances may delay the start date of your admission.
  • After acceptance into the program applicants will be required to submit a criminal background check and toxicology screen (medicinal marijuana is prohibited). Failure to provide these screening items will result in dismissal or non-acceptance into the NMSU SON graduate program. Positive toxicology results and/or criminal background checks that do not meet the NM, DOH clearance standards will mean dismissal or non-acceptance into the program.

Successful applicants must document satisfaction of the following requirements:

A Master’s degree in Nursing is required with an MSN cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. If the MSN GPA is less than 3.0 but greater than 2.75 students may submit scores obtained from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the last 5 years from the date of application. These scores must be at the 80th percentile or better in all three GRE testing categories. No GRE test results ranking below the 80th percentile in any of the three categories will be considered.

Applicants with a graduate GPA less than 3.0 but with acceptable GRE scores will be ranked with all other applicants for possible selection for admission. If accepted, the student will be granted provisional status until 6 credit hours of graduate nursing coursework is completed with a minimum grade of “B” or better in each course taken. If satisfactory grades are not obtained, the student will not progress in the program.

  • Must hold a current national certification and state license as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Must have completed a course in Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan
  • Must have completed a course in Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan
  • Must have completed a course in Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan.
  • Applicant may be asked to provide syllabi for these courses
  • Participate in a face-to-face interview with DNP faculty onsite at the NMSU campus.

*Please note that there is a minimum of 500 clinical hours required in the Post-master’s certificate program to be able to sit for the National Certification exam in FPMH or FNP.

 

Clinical Practicums

It is the responsibility of the student to originate contact with a potential preceptor and request a guided clinical experience with them or in specified agencies. Instructors and advisors assist identifying suitable preceptors but it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to locate these experiences and especially if they are outside of New Mexico (see SARA link). Please know that it takes approximately 3-6 months to establish a clinical affiliation agreement, if one is not already in place. When accepted into the program you will learn about required clinical experiences during your first summer seminar.