Admission Criteria for the Auburn University DNP Program

Applicants must meet all criteria listed in the current Auburn University Graduate School bulletin ( Applicants may be admitted under one of two statuses, approved or as an exception. Approved admissions meet all the criteria listed for the Graduate School and any additional criteria of the department, school or college.  Exception status admission could possibly be granted for students who do not meet certain requirements for admission. Applicants admitted as an exception will be fully admitted to the Nursing Graduate Program only when all requirements for admission have been satisfied. Applicants admitted as an exception who fail to satisfy all requirements for admission within the specified time period will be dismissed from the Nursing Graduate Program.

Admission to the DNP Program is competitive and enrollment is limited. DNP students are admitted in Summer Semester only. Full-time DNP students can complete their plan of study in five semesters.  All graduate work towards a graduate degree must be completed within a period of 5 calendar years from enrollment in the first graduate course. 

Application deadline as follows:
Summer Semester - March 1 (full-time admission)

Admission Criteria

  • A minimum of a Masters of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), or approved request for waiver (see specific admission information below)
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States, the state in which student plans to participate in any clinical experiences
  • National certification and recognition or licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in the state in which he/she practices
  • Nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in Masters Program
  • Three professional references for online recommendation form
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • 500 word Professional Goal Statement - This statement will include: reasons for pursuing this degree program option, past experience, career goals, and past achievements. The statement will be uploaded with your application in Apply Yourself. 
  • Submission of all official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)  to the Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL 36849. Transcripts sent to School of Nursing will not be forwarded
  • Good academic standing from last university attended
  • Personal interview with faculty member may be required


School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression Information

  • Applicants that meet all criteria  (completed application and meet all above requirements ) will be considered for approved admission.
  • If applicant is currently a student in last semester of a MSN NP program (at time of application), the applicant must submit a request for waiver of the MSN and NP Certification admission requirements to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Barbara Wilder at for approval by the Graduate Admissions, Progression and Graduation (APG) committee. If waiver request is approved and applicant is admitted, the student must complete the MSN in good standing prior to enrollment and must obtain the NP Certification during the first semester of study. These applicants will be admitted under the exception status until the NP Certification is obtained. An official transcript indicating completion of the MSN must be submitted directly to the Graduate School and documentation of NP Certification must be submitted to AU School of Nursing before being considered a fully approved admission.  If a waiver is obtained, these applicants will be considered based on the MSN Nursing GPA on their current transcript.
  • Students must complete and return the Letter of Intent form sent by the School of Nursing, accept enrollment from the Graduate School by logging back into their application, and meet all credentialing requirements by the deadline indicated by the School of Nursing on the offer of admission, or their seat may be given to another applicant. 
  • Students are required to provide credentialing documentation and must complete a background check and drug screen. All credentialing documentation, background check, drug screen, and any requirements by Auburn University and/or School of Nursing must be completed by the deadline indicated, prior to registering for courses.
  • To progress through the program, all AUSON graduate students must receive a grade of at least a B in all courses. Students earning any two course grades of less than a B will be dismissed from the Nursing Graduate Program. 


For additional information or to discuss any specific aspect of the program or admission requirements contact:

Barbara Wilder, PhD, CRNP
Wells Fargo Endowed Professor
Graduate Program Director
AU School of Nursing 


Jennifer Edwards
Administrative Support Specialist II
AU School of Nursing Graduate Programs