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How to Apply

To be admitted for the fall semester, you must have your application and all required materials submitted by May 1.

Students are admitted to the DNP program in cohorts, which begin only in the fall semester for both the BSN to DNP and the post-MSN cohorts.

See the admission requirements for the BSN to DNP >
See the admission requirements for the post-Master’s DNP >

To be admitted to the UL Lafayette Graduate School, you must submit the required application materials in addition to completing the online application.

See the required application materials and to fill out the online application >

In addition to the Graduate School’s required application materials, the DNP program also requires that you provide:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of reference from persons who can attest to your ability to be successful in a graduate nursing program.
    • Note: Of the three required recommendations, we ask that at least one come from a recent supervisor/employer and another from a faculty member who can attest to your ability to be successful in a graduate nursing program.
  • A formal letter of application and a statement of purpose. Both should be typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.
    • The statement of purpose should be no longer than 3 pages in length and include the following:
    • Your goals for doctoral study that are congruent with DNP Program goals. (See The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice)
    • Your focused area of interest for a synthesis project.
    • Your understanding of how acquiring the DNP degree is important to fulfilling your career goals.
    • Your potential contributions as a student enrolled in the DNP Program. 
  • A telephone interview

Following admission, you will be required to submit to background checks, drug and alcohol screenings, and must meet program health requirements. These screenings will be conducted at your expense.

Because the courses are online, you should be proficient with methodologies utilized in distance education and must possess computer equipment and technology that is compatible with University learning management systems such as Moodle.