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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Jodie Dunkelberger, WKU DNP Graduate, discusses the benefits of a blended course format as well as the knowledge gained from completing the DNP program.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Preparing nurses to become leaders in nursing practice and administration. Designed for the working nurse!

Admission Deadline Date: April 1, for summer/fall admission.


The BSN to DNP has two specialty tracks.  Students completing the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.


The Post MSN DNP curricula builds on traditional master's programs by providing educations in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs.

Admission Requirements

  • BSN or MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program
  •  GPA 3.25 cumulative in BSN or MSN
  • Undergraduate degree from an international university outside the U.S. or English is a second language submit appropriate TOFEL scores (policy established by the Graduate School)
  • Three professional references
  • Verification of MSN Clinical and Practice Hours
  • Written goal statement
  • Resume highlighting past education, relevant clinical experience, scholarly endeavors and professional service (BSN to DNP students must document one year full-time experience as a registered nurse)
  • Professional license
    • MSN
      • NPs must have a current and unencumbered RN and APN license in the state of residence in which clinical experiences will be completed
      • Nurse Administrators must have a current and unencumbered RN license in the state of residence where clinical experiences will be completed.
    • BSN - current and unencumbered RN license in Kentucky or compact state.

The following requirements only apply to the MSN to DNP option:

  • Completed verification of post-baccalaureate practice hours form.  (Applicants who cannot demonstrate a minimum of 500 clinical hours in graduate program will be expected to complete clinical course work beyond the proposed curriculum.)
  • Graduate level statistics within past 5 years.

Apply to the Graduate School by following the directions below.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Hamlin at 270-745-4392.

  • On the Apply Now for Admission at WKU website access the Graduate Applications section on the right side of the page.
  • Select Doctoral Degree Applicants to begin your WKU Graduate Admission Application.  Please ensure you apply for the correct program.
  • All admission materials must be submitted electronically as an attachment to
For more information please contact: Dr. Eve Main at

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 Last Modified 3/9/17