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Admissions Requirements


In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include submission of application to the Graduate Admissions Office, an application fee, and submission of official transcripts meeting University requirements), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following:

  • Completion of the School of Nursing Application Packet, which consists of the School of Nursing application, three reference forms (one of which should be from your current manager and two others preferably from nurses holding a graduate degree in nursing or a related field), and the Goals and Objectives form.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE, NLNAC, or ACEN accredited programs
  • At least one year of recent, adult intensive care experience
  • Current unencumbered Illinois and Missouri RN licensure (both required after admission to the program) 
  • Minimum Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0 
  • Preferred minimum undergraduate science GPA of 3.0/4.0 
  • Preferred minimum overall Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better 
  • Completion of undergraduate courses in organic chemistry or biochemistry and physics no more than six years prior to entering the program of study 
  • Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program 
  • Successful completion of an application interview

Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements for the DNP-NA final project consists of a terminal project with a total of eight (8) hours: 1 credit for N695a, Health Care Innovations Seminar and seven (7) credit hours of N697 (a to e) Doctoral Project Design and Implementation courses. The final practice-focused project incorporates a written, evidence-based project and oral presentation.

Application Deadline

Students are admitted into the DNP-NA specialization in summer semesters only. The application deadline is June 1 for the class entering the summer of the following year. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable advance deposit fee of $500 is required (applied towards future tuition).

Academic Advising Information
Tina Noto, M.A., B.L.S.
Graduate Academic Advisor
Campus Box 1066, Alumni Hall, Room 2117
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1066
tnoto@siue.edu
618.650.3930
618.650.3854 (fax)

Contact and Advising Information

Dr. Kathy Ketchum 
Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program
Campus Box 1066, Alumni Hall, Room 2117
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1066
kketchu@siue.edu
618.650.3936
618.650.3956
800.234.4844
siue.edu/nursing

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