DNP Admission Requirements

Classes are admitted in fall semesters only. Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort will be available in October 2021. Please direct any questions to Candidates seeking admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must meet California State University, Fullerton’s requirements and the DNP Program requirements for admission (admission requirements are equivalent for all Consortium schools).

Applicants seeking admission to the DNP program must have:

  • A master’s degree, from an accredited institution, in nursing or a health related field (i.e., public health, or health administration) and national certification as an APRN (CNM, CNS, CRNA or NP) (direct care track),


  • A master’s in nursing from an accredited institution in nursing leadership or administration, nursing education, or community health nursing (indirect care track).


  • Official transcripts from all institutions ever attended.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in overall graduate course work.
  • Master’s level courses in Advanced Physical/Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology (for the direct care track).
  • Master’s level courses in core nursing areas such as nursing theory, research, and transcultural nursing. Students with a degree other than nursing will be required to make up deficiencies in preparation.
  • Active, unrestricted, California RN license with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  • Three letters of reference with completed recommendation forms.
  • A personal written statement of purpose.
  • Official documentation of nursing practicum hours attained during the master’s degree program or the post-master’s certificate program.
  • Completion of the DNP Program applicant and CSUF application through Cal State Apply.
  • Completion of interviews and on-site writing sample, as requested.