Admission Requirements

Program Admission Requirements (Post-Master's)

Admission to the post-master’s DNP program requires approval by the Graduate Nursing Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Admission of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  1. A complete and signed application at www.bellarmine.edu/applynow.
  2. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $40 (Bellarmine alumna/e should use code BUFREEALUM).
  3. MSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program
  4. Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA for graduate work is required
  5. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission and should not be marked “Issued to Student.” If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine International Programs Office. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
  6. Three professional references (on form provided) addressing academic skills including oral and written communication, as well as clinical competence, from individuals who hold a masters or doctoral degree
  7. Goal statement (Prompt provided in supplemental item checklist of your application account).
  8. Current CV or resume, describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences
  9. Proof of active, unrestricted license to practice nursing in Kentucky and/or compact states
  10. Completed verification of post-baccalaureate clinical and practice hours form
  11. Graduate level statistics course within 5 years of projected program start date. Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be admitted conditionally and complete the course as part of their program of study.
  12. Additional information is required from international applicants.

Program Admission Requirements (BSN-DNP Leadership Track)

Admission to the BSN-DNP Leadership Track requires approval by the Graduate Nursing Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Admission of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  1. A complete and signed application at www.bellarmine.edu/applynow
  2. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $40 (Bellarmine alumna/e should use code BUFREEALUM).
  3. BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program
  4. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work. (Transcripts must be mailed directly from previous institution(s) to the Admission Office.)
  5. Minimum required GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work and 3.5 for any graduate work
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (if required). The GRE is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.28 or higher. Successful applicants usually score at 150 or higher on the verbal scores, 140 or higher on the quantitative scores, and 4 on the analytic score.
  7. Three professional references (on form provided) addressing academic skills including oral and written communication, as well as clinical competence, from individuals who hold a masters or doctoral degree
  8. Goal statement
  9. Current CV or resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences
  10. Proof of active, unrestricted license to practice nursing in Kentucky and/or compact states
  11. Additional information is required from international applicants.

After initial review of applications, applicants may be contacted for an interview with graduate faculty members. Please be aware that, depending upon the size of the applicant pool, meeting the minimum requirements may not assure admission.

Goal Statement

The goal statements should each be uploaded to your electronic application.

  • What are your professional goals and how will the DNP help you attain them? (Limit 250 words)
  • What strengths do you possess that would contribute to your success in the program and to a community of interprofessional scholars? (Limit 250 words)
  • Identify one or two topics/areas that you would like to explore as part of the DNP program (e.g., quality improvement initiative, evidence-based practice guideline, new model care, policy analysis) and your preliminary plans for approaching them. (Limit 500 words)

International Applicants

Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:

Language proficiency is required to ensure that international students within the department of nursing are able to communicate with diverse populations. The department of nursing accepts one of the following as evidence of required language proficiency for students for whom English is a second language or who have a degree from an international institution:

  • TOEFL-iBT (internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83 or higher AND a score of 26 or higher on the speaking test OR
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and receive a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher OR
  • Successful completion of Language training at an approved center. Bellarmine University recognizes the following standards and centers: English Language Services level 112 (http://www.els.edu/en); Interlink Level 5 (http://interlink.edu/); Intensive English Program at Indiana University Level 6 (http://iep.indiana.edu/): and other centers may be approved at the discretion of the Admissions, Progression & Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing.

International students who are exempt from language proficiency requirements are the following:

  • Students who are citizens of or have completed a degree from a TOEFL exempt country.
  • Students who have a secondary or high school diploma earned in TOEFL exempt countries.
  • International students who have completed at least one year of full time university study or its equivalent (i.e., a minimum of 24 earned credit hours or its equivalent and earned a 2.0 GPA) in a TOEFL exempt country.

Only official score reports will be accepted.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Application Deadline

The DNP program begins in August. The priority application deadline is April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered on a space available basis.