Admission Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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  • 78 credit hours
  • 2017-2018 Tuition: $595 per credit hour
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Liberty University has received accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). More information can be found on the School of Nursing webpage and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education webpage.

CCNE Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.



  • $50 application fee (beginning Fall 2016, the application fee will be deferred and assessed during Financial Check-In)
  • Official transcripts: Applicants must submit official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary schools and be a graduate of a CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) approved institution for their nursing education.
    • Transcripts must include either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science Degree in Nursing 
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 
    • GPA of 3.0 in most recent nursing degree.
    • Prerequisites:
      • Undergraduate statistics course
      • Undergraduate research methods course
      • Undergraduate health assessment course. (A graduate level health assessment course can be accepted in lieu of an undergraduate course.)
      • Please note that beginning in the Fall 2015 semester, a graduate biostatistics course is no longer an admission requirement for the Post-MSN DNP Program. Students still need a graduate biostatistics course as a prerequisite to NURS 832.
  • Current, unencumbered RN license. Applicant must hold RN license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please submit a copy of your license to (If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.) 
    • (IF APPLICABLE) Advanced practice license and associated professional certification. Current, unencumbered APRN license issued in one of the fifty United States (if applicable). Please submit a copy of your license and certification to  (If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.) 
    • (IF APPLICABLE) Clinical APRN Education: advanced practice nurses are required to have the advanced practice core. Graduate transcripts must reflect that the applicants have successfully passed a graduate level health assessment, graduate level pathophysiology, and a graduate level pharmacology.
    • NOTE: Applicants are not required to have an advance practice license or certification for the Post-BSN DNP/FNP pathway. However, if an applicant is currently licensed in another advanced practice nursing specialty (i.e. Clinical Nurse Specialist), applicants must submit APRN license and certification. 
  • Two years professional nursing experience. Applicants will provide consent for Liberty University's DNP Program to contact most recent employers to verify two years of professional nursing experience. Consent form will be located on the CV template.
  • Three Letters of recommendation: We require three letters of recommendation: one professional recommendation, one academic recommendation, and one personal recommendation. Our recommendation letter are online forms that are emailed to your recommenders. You will to claim your Liberty network account in order for you to submit your recommender's email address. Please follow the instructions provided in order to claim your Liberty network account. 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample
  • American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED. Please submit a copy of your AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED card to
  • Additional admission requirements for international students

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