Apply for Admission



Apply for Admission

If you're a nurse in an advanced nursing position who is seeking to expand your knowledge and skills to transform healthcare delivery and education, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission into the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.  Full information on admission requirements and procedures is listed below. As you explore the DNP program and the admission process, we encourage you to attend an information session or contact an admission counselor.

The application priority deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment is March 1; applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. The Fall 2016 application cycle is now open in NursingCAS.

Requirements for consideration of admission

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).The baccalaureate nursing program (i.e., initial major or upper division, post-baccalaureate second major) in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • A completed master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
  • Graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a grade of not less than 'B-' in every nursing course.
  • A post-secondary statistics course (completed within five years of doctoral enrollment) with a grade of ‘C’ or better, inclusive of inferential and descriptive statistics. View a list of local colleges and universities that offer equivalent statistics courses. This course does not need to be completed at the time of application, but must be completed prior to the first day of graduate classes.
  • Two years of recent clinical practice in nursing.
  • A current unencumbered nursing license.
  • Currently hold an advanced nursing position(s), such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse executive, nurse informatician or nurse educator.

Admission decisions are made by the Graduate Programs Interview Committee, which evaluates the applicant’s background, qualifications and readiness for admission. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application process

Applications for the DNP program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS).

The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO course work)*
  • Three recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendations may be from professors or other employers. Please review instructions in NursingCAS regarding recommendation submissions.
  • Résumé

*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the NursingCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.

A personal statement is required as part of the application process. Specific questions to be addressed are located in the Program Materials section of the NursingCAS application (under the “Questions” tab).

We encourage candidates to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline to ensure that all materials are received.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). Unofficial evaluation results must be reported in NursingCAS. If admitted into the MSN program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT.  This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Candidates must report unofficial TOEFL scores in NursingCAS. If admitted into the DNP program, official test scores must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement, in addition to the DNP program application. There is no additional application fee.


Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.


Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.