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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is for nurses seeking the highest degree in nursing practice. Graduates become leaders in their fields who advance health equity and quality of life at individual, community and population levels. Doctorally prepared nurses pursue career paths as primary care clinicians, educators, policymakers, health care executives and health system administrators, among others.

To learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

Candidates who apply for post-BSN entry must have earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants to the Post-Master's DNP program must have an earned master’s in nursing and are required to complete a total of 1,000 clinical practicum hours. 

Beginning in fall 2018, admitted students may apply up to 500 hours earned during their master’s program toward the 1,000 required hours. Hours needed for national certification might also be applied. Evaluation and time verification is required before being formally admitted to the program. 

All applicants will be automatically considered for available merit-based scholarships at the time they are reviewed for admission.  Students will be notified if they are in receipt of such scholarships either at the time of admission or very shortly thereafter.

Application Components

  1. Application: Students must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). The documents listed below will all be submitted through NursingCAS.
  2. GRE/MAT scores are only required for those who enter post-BSN. Scores are expected to be at or above the 50th percentile. Official GRE scores should be sent directly to NursingCAS using code: 4033. To qualify for a waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement, the applicant must meet one of the following conditions:
    • A graduate degree
    • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in three graduate courses if the BSN GPA is less than 3.5
    • An undergraduate GPA of minimally 3.5
  3. Official transcripts: Submit transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9201
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  4. References: Submit two professional or academic reference letters. Temple is most interested in the writer’s assessment of the student’s ability to work independently, academic and scholarly performance, analytical thinking and aptitude for advanced study, commitment to urban health, communication skills, and professional contributions. Writers should indicate how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity.
  5. Résumé: Submit a current copy with your application.
  6. Statement of Goals: Include a 300- to 500-word statement of purpose articulating your background, academic and professional goals, and how your interests relate to the DNP program. Post-BSN applicants: In addition to the previously stated topics, please also discuss your clinical track of interest.
  7. Current state RN license
  8. Interview: Once all materials have been submitted by the applicant, students may be invited to interview with the graduate admissions team.

In addition to the above, applicants to the Post-Master’s DNP program who are advanced practice nurses (certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners) must submit their current State Board of Nursing license as an advanced practice nurse and current national certification.

Applicants to the Post-Master’s DNP program who are not advanced practice nurses must show proof of up to 500 clinical practice focused hours during their masters program. Applicants who are unable to show proof of hours require a review of their file by the graduate program director prior to submitting their application. 

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to NursingCAS using the NursingCAS-specific TOEFL code of: B506.
  • A WES evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through NursingCAS.

Application Deadline

Fall term: April 30

Additional Admissions Information

Due to university policy, the Nursing Department does not evaluate the number of credits transferred into our programs until after admission to the university. Learn more about Temple’s policy for credit transfers.

Non-matriculated Student Policy

Non-matriculated students can take a total of nine graduate credits prior to matriculation. Only the following courses may be taken while a non-matriculated student:

  • EPBI 5002 (3 credits): Biostatistics
  • NURS 5501 (3 credits): Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals
  • HRPR 8985 (3 credits): Teaching in Higher Education: Health Professions