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Post-BSN Admission Criteria

  1. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited school of nursing (National League of Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
     
  2. A minimum of one year of full-time (2,000 hours) clinical practice as a RN.
     
  3. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) from all academic institutions attended.
     
  4. An unrestricted Registered Nursing License in Virginia or state of practice.
     
  5. Completion of undergraduate courses in statistics, health assessment, and nursing research.
     
  6. Completion of the Radford University graduate application process and application fee.
     
  7. Professionally written letter describing career goals and how a graduate credential (DNP) will assist in meeting those goals. Additionally, a sample of previous academic writing or publication also needs to be included.
     
  8. Curriculum vitae or resume.
     
  9. Three recommendation forms and three letters of reference from practicing nursing or medical professionals, nurse educators, or employers specifically addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the DNP program.
     
  10. Personal interview with School of Nursing Graduate Coordinator.
     
  11. Completion of a criminal background check and health record requirements. Applicants will be denied admission for findings that prevent participating in clinical agencies or licensure.
     
  12. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must achieve an acceptable score on the TOEFL examination and submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside of the United States.