Admission Requirements: Doctor of Nursing Practice

 
 

Admission to Liberty University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is competitive and enrollment is limited. The Nursing Department encourages all candidates to submit their application as early as possible to allow for adequate processing time. Applications for Fall 2014 cohort (2014 - 2015 academic year) need to be submitted by July 1st, 2014. Any applications received on July 2nd or later will be considered for the Fall 2015 cohort (2015-2016 academic year). 


The Post-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP pathway is designed for nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and clincial nurse specialists who are seeking a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. Courses in this pathway are offered in an online cohort model with some required residency and practicums. Practicum hours may be available in your area if approved through your state approval process. 

The Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP pathway incorporates additional clinical training so that students who complete the program are eligible to take a national certification examination as a family nurse practitioner. The Post-BSN to DNP is offered in a residential format with online courses and practicums. This program is available only in residence at our campus in Lynchburg, Virginia.  


State Approval Disclosure

Currently, the DNP program is not approved for students to participate in practicum requirements in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. As a result, applicants should seek programs of study approved by their state. Applicants residing in Maryland are currently unable to complete practicum requirements in the state of Maryland. It is possible for Maryland students to complete their practicum in neighboring states, such as Virginia or Delaware. Please contact the Nursing Department for more information  

Post-Master's DNP 

1. Graduate Admission Application Form

2. 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 a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Leader
  • Graduate GPA of 3.25 

4. Graduate Biostatistics course

5. Graduate Research Methods course

6. Active, unencumbered RN license without sanctions actual, past, or pending. Applicant must hold RN license in the state that practicum will occur within one of the 50 United States. Please submit a copy of your license to luoverify@liberty.edu. 

7. Advanced practice license and associated professional certification. Advanced practice licenses must be without sanctions actual, past, or pending and be issued from one of the 50 United States in which practicum will occur. A copy of certification from must also be provided, in addition to the license. Please submit a copy of your license and certification to luoverify@liberty.edu. 

NOTE: Currently, the DNP program is accepting applicants who are nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse leaders. 

  • Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists will need to submit active, unencumbered APRN license and professional certification.
  • Nurse leaders are not required to provide license/certification. However, certification is preferred.  

8. Clinical APRN Education: Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists 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

9. 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.  

10. Three Letters of recommendation (one academic, one professional, one personal)

11. Curriculum Vitae

12. Writing Sample

12. Practicum Hour Verification Form

14. American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED. Please submit a copy of your AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED card to luoverify@liberty.edu. 

15. TOEFL (if applicable)

16. Interview.  An interview will be extended to selected applicants. Please note that not all applicants will be requested to interview with the Nursing departments. Interviews can be conducted remotely, as needed. 


Post-Bachelor's DNP/FNP

1. Graduate Admission Application Form

2. 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 
  • Graduate GPA of 3.25 

3.  GPA of 3.25 in most recent nursing degree. 

4. Graduate biostatistics course

5. Undergraduate statistics course

6. Undergraduate research methods course

7.  Undergraduate health assessment course. (A graduate level health assessment course can be accepted in lieu of an undergraduate course.) 

8. Active, unencumbered RN license without sanctions actual, past, or pending. Applicant must hold RN license iin the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please submit a copy of your RN license to luoverify@liberty.edu. 

  • (IF APPLICABLE) Advanced practice license and associated professional certification. Advanced practice licenses must be without sanctions actual, past, or pending and be issued from one of the 50 United States. A copy of certification from must also be provided, in addition to the license. Please submit a copy of your APRN license and certification to luoverify@liberty.edu. 
  • (IF APPLICABLE) Clinical APRN Education: Nursing practitioners and clinical nurse specialists 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 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. 

9. 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.

10. Three Letters of recommendation(one academic, one professional, one personal)

11. Curriculum Vitae

12. Writing Sample

14. American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED. Please submit a copy of your AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED card to luoverify@liberty.edu. 

15. TOEFL (if applicable)

16. Interview.  An interview will be extended to selected applicants. Please note that not all applicants will be requested to interview with the Nursing departments. Interviews can be conducted remotely, as needed. 


Supplemental Acceptance Steps:

After reviewing applications, the Nursing Department will contact selected applicants for an interview. If an acceptance offer is extended to an applicant, there will be additional application steps needed before attending courses. Included in these steps is the purchase of a standardized background check and submission of immunization records. More information will be provided to selected applicants.