What is required before an application is considered complete? We make it easy to progress through the admission process. Our admissions representatives work with you each step of the way, coordinating the application and registration processes with you.

BSN to DNP Pathway admission requirements must be met before an application is considered complete. In all cases, save copies of the documents you submit. Admissions requirements are:

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution

    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

  • Copy of current California RN license
  • Two recommendations (preferably one academic and one professional recommendation, at least one of them from the applicant’s direct supervisor and/or a previous faculty member)
  • Written statement of educational objectives, with a focus on translational research, EBP or QI, and career goals
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Evidence of written creative work and/or scholarly papers
  • At least eight months of work experience as an RN (for the APRN track)
  • Undergraduate research course
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Interview and holistic criteria (including any preceptor experience, presentations, languages, and/or volunteer activities)

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements.

Note: This program is not recommended for students who lack proficiency in basic academic skills, especially collegiate-level English communication skills.

What to Expect

Once APU receives your application, application fee, and official transcripts, your paperwork will be reviewed to determine any transfer credit and you will be scheduled for an interview with School of Nursing faculty. After the interview, you will be notified of your admission status. You will need to turn in all required documents in order to be considered for admission, and make a $500 nonrefundable deposit that will be applied toward your tuition.

If you are applying for financial aid, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online for the corresponding academic year. Request financial aid transcripts from those institutions attended within the current calendar year—this is required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Qualified online program students will receive instructions for an invitation-only online registration process. Students will pay any outstanding fees prior to enrollment in courses, then complete enrollment paperwork online with a School of Nursing representative.

Some programs, including this one, begin as soon as there are enough students admitted to meet program course minimums.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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