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Eligibility and Prerequisites


Evidence of an earned or in-process bachelor's degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. The University of Utah Office of Admissions will determine if an applicant’s degree meets the Graduate School's requirement of a recognized Bachelor's degree.

  • The bachelor's degree in Nursing must be awarded by a nationally accredited nursing school from either,
    • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE), or
    • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Applicants may participate in the admissions process while completing the BS in Nursing degree. If offered admission to the DNP Program and the University of Utah, degrees must post prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Verification of licensure as an RN or APRN in at least one of the jurisdictions of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  • If offered admission to the DNP Program and the University of Utah, the RN license must post prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Please note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the DNP Program.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Individuals admitted to the MS and DNP programs must show proof of completion of two prerequisite courses before starting the program. Prerequisites must be completed with a minimum B grade (B- grade will not be accepted). Prerequisites do not have to be completed before the December 1 application deadline.

Upper-division Physiology/Pathophysiology Course

For the fall 2022 admissions cycle, the prerequisite course is needed if:

  • BS in Nursing graduation date is before 2017.
  • Upper-division physiology or pathophysiology course was not included in the undergraduate curriculum.
  • An upper-division course was taken, and the grade received was lower than a B (B- grade will not be accepted).
  • Upper-division courses are numbered 300 or 3000-level or higher. Please check the DNP Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart for equivalent courses at most universities and colleges in Utah.

The University of Utah offers NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology as an option during spring and summer terms. Applicants may enroll in this course as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.

Please note: This prerequisite is not needed for the Post MS-DNP or MS Informatics specialty tracks.

Statistics Course

A basic statistics course must have been taken, and passed with a minimum B grade (B- grade will not be accepted), within five years of the anticipated start date of the graduate program (between 2017–2022 for this admissions cycle). Any basic statistics course fulfills this requirement, undergraduate or graduate level.

The University of Utah offers NURS 5550 Practical Statistics as an option during summer term. This course is taught by faculty who teach in the DNP program. You will need to submit a Non-Degree Seeking Student application that allows you to take courses before becoming a matriculated student in the fall.

Contact Us

Program Manager
Shelley Kern, MPC

Office of Student Services
Phone: (801) 587-3194

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