Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is granted to students demonstrating a significant degree of professional and personal capacity for achievement of program goals. Only 15 students will be admitted to the program each year.

International students who have licensure outside the U.S., as well as RNs whose highest degree earned in nursing is an associate’s degree, are not eligible for admission to this program of study at this time.

Admission Process

Students seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree should apply for UST’s nursing program through NursingCAS ( All transcripts and required documents should be submitted through NursingCAS. Applicants may check their application status through their NursingCAS account.

Admission to the School of Nursing through NursingCAS also serves as general admission to UST.

All applicants must submit the following materials for consideration for admission to this program of study:

  • A completed, online NursingCAS application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, sent from institution to NursingCAS for authentication.
  • A current CV/resume describing prior work and education experiences.
  • Proof of professional RN licensure in the United States (for matriculation, you must have a valid TX RN license).
  • A 500-word personal statement essay describing personal reasons for seeking enrollment in this program of study and identifying a potential population specialization focus that you select to guide progress through the program of study.
  • Three (3) official letters of recommendation. If you identify a potential clinical partner for your population-focused experiences, include a reference from a representative of this site’s clinical leadership (this inclusion is not, however, binding for either the clinical partner or you).

In addition to the required materials, you may also submit the following for consideration:

  • A score for the GRE general test as reported by the Educational Testing Service or the MAT as reported by Harcourt Assessment. While neither of these test scores are required, either or both can demonstrate academic potential.
  • Identification of clinical sites where you have developed a working relationship with provider and leadership stakeholders who could facilitate clinical experiences focused on transformational leadership in the care of an identified population.
  • An interview with one or more DNP program faculty may be included in the admission process. While this is usually a face-to-face interview, in the case of long distance or undue hardship for travel, the interview may be conducted by phone. Once all application materials are received, you will be contacted to schedule the interview.

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University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of St. Thomas.