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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission Requirements

  1.  Apply online or call an Admissions Counselor at (800) 424-9596.
  2. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
  3. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy). Requires regionally or nationally accredited transcripts for all post-secondary schools and must be a graduate of a CCNE or ACEN approved institution for your nursing degree. A master’s degree in nursing with at least a 3.0 GPA is required for admission in good standing.
  4. Admission to this program requires the following items to be sent in:
    • Current and active RN license issued in one of the fifty United States. (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 nurses will need to submit a current and active APRN license and professional certification. Nurse leaders are not required to provide license/certification (if applicable). (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.

    • One Reference: We require one reference contact from a professional or academic reference. Your reference should be able to speak to your work ethic and academic abilities; this contact should also be able to be reached via phone or email.

    • Writing Sample

    • Practicum Hour Verification Form

    •  American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED.

  5. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs.  Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, applicants who complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived.  Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.

Note: Currently, the DNP program is accepting applicants who are advanced practice nurses or nurse leaders.

  • Advanced practice nurses will need to submit a current and active APRN license and professional certification.
  • Nurse leaders are not required to provide license/certification. However, certification is preferred.
Preliminary Acceptance
Supplemental Acceptance Steps
Transcript Policies
Program Accreditations

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your doctoral degree after the last day of class for your master’s degree.
  • Submit a transcript to confirm that you are in your final term.
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Supplemental Acceptance Steps

After reviewing applications, the School of Nursing will contact selected applicants for an interview. Please note that not all applicants will be requested to interview with the School of Nursing. Interviews can be conducted remotely, as needed. 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.

Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.

CCNE Accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Liberty University is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Online Nursing Program (Doctor of Nursing Practice) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing. 

For questions about the accreditation of Liberty University, please contact:

Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Ln.
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500

Inquiries about the institution itself, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.


Liberty University Admissions Office Contact Information

Call
(800) 424-9596

Fax
(888) 301-3577

Email
luograd@liberty.edu
luoverify@liberty.edu

Mail
Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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