Doctor of Nursing Practice FAQ's
Q. When is the deadline for applying?
A. The deadline is March 15; applications may be considered after the deadline on a space available basis.
Q. When does the program start?
A. A cohort is admitted to start the DNP program every fall (August).
Q. How long is the program?
A. The program consists of 28 semester units and is expected to be completed over a two and one-half year period.
Q. What accreditation does Saint Louis University have?
A. SLU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Q. What is the format of the program?
A. The DNP program is offered online.
Q. Is there a required campus visit?
A. Yes. There is a two-day orientation in August prior to the start of the semester. There is another visit (DNP Scholars' Day) to present the Capstone project in November or April of the final semester.
Q. Are there clinical requirements?
A. Yes. At the conclusion of the DNP program, you must have obtained 1,000 clinical practice hours. These hours must be from a supervised educational environment (e.g., the clinical practice hours completed during your MSN together with the clinical practice hours in the DNP program). Clinical hours in the DNP Program are not direct patient care hours but rather indirect care.
Q. What about transfer credits?
A. Course credit that is transferred from other schools is judged individually based on our courses and the course similarity via the syllabus. We will not accept a course in which less than a B grade is earned. A student must have completed 6 hours of course work at Saint Louis University prior to applying for transfer of credit.
Q. Does the DNP program prepare me to teach?
A. While the DNP program will include educational components that are central to both education and practice, it is not specifically designed for those who wish to teach. We do offer three nurse educator courses (6-7 credits) that may be added to the basic plan of study. An additional 3 credit hour course is also available (for a total of 9 credit hours) for those who wish to apply for national certification as a nurse educator.
Q. Do SLU BSN or MSN graduates have an advantage in the admission process?
A. While we welcome and encourage SLU BSN or MSN graduates to apply to the DNP program, all students will be evaluated equally in the admission process.
Q. Is the GRE required?
A. No, the GRE is not required.
Q. Is an interview required?
A. An interview may be required. If required, the purpose of the interview is to assess "fit" between your career goals and the DNP program at SLU. The interview also provides an opportunity for you to address questions you may have about the program. Phone interviews may be accepted.
Q. How many students are admitted to the DNP program?
A. We expect to admit 25-28 students.
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