DNP-FNP Admission Requirements

Nursing schools in California

The DNP-FNP program is designed for nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (bachelors degrees in other fields will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.) 
  • Current RN licensure in state of residence.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in BSN coursework.
  • The need for a TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission. If required, a minimum score of 100 (Internet Based Test) must be achieved and official score results must be provided.
  • A college or university level Statistics course must have been completed within the past three years with a grade of "B" or higher. If you have completed a statistics course more than three years ago, you may take another course (see attached list for suggestions for online statistics courses) or you may provide verification of successful completion (CE Certificate) of the KLIMES INSTITUTE statistics course, see  ( STATISTICS S101 & S201).

Students Educated Outside of the United States


The need for the TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by the applicant on the application for admission. If the TOEFL is required, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 100 (Internet Based Test). Scores must be submitted during the application process.

International Transcript Evaluation Agencies

Students who have completed their degrees outside of the United States will have to have their degrees evaluated for United States baccalaureate equivalency, also known as a course-by-course/comprehensive evaluation. Please click here for a list of international transcript evaluation agencies.

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