Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is competitive. Ideal candidates demonstrate a history of academic success, strong leadership and potential for future success in leadership and practice scholarship. Applications are submitted online through CollegeNET and are available at https://www.applyweb.com/ricg/.
Applicants must submit the following:
- A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
- Current unrestricted registered nurse licensure in the state of intended practice.
- An M.S.N. degree or a B.S.N. and master's degree in a related field.
- Attainment of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the graduate level.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
- Completion of a graduate-level inferential statistics course within the past five years, with a minimum grade of C. Students who have not completed a graduate statistics course may be admitted to the program and may complete this requirement within one year of matriculation. Students may not progress beyond 12 months until this requirement is met.
- Verification of the number of clinical/experience hours completed at the graduate level. Verification should be provided by the program director or chairperson on school letterhead.
- A statement of intent that demonstrates the candidate's leadership and practice experience, their reason for pursuing doctoral study and their potential area of focus for the DNP Scholarly Project. This statement should be representative of the applicant's writing ability. The statement should be two to four pages, double-spaced and written in 12-point font.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview prior to admission.
- Applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
- An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from international applicants who are from countries where English is not the first language.
Credits earned at Rhode Island College by a student in a non-matriculated status before admission to a degree program may be used toward degree requirements only upon the recommendation of the student’s advisor or the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing Graduate Committee, with the approval of the dean. No more than a total of 6 credits of courses taken at Rhode Island College by a non-matriculated student may be applied toward degree requirements for the DNP program.