Admission decisions are based on a holistic evaluation of the applicant’s metrics, experiences and attributes that contribute to the overall mission, vision, goals, diversity, and values of the university and the needs of the advanced nursing profession.

  1. Metrics:
    1. Undergraduate and graduate minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
    2. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited upper division program which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings, including community/public health and management. Applicants completing the College’s Associate Degree to Master’s in Nursing program are eligible for admission.
    3. Successful completion of undergraduate courses in physical assessment, community/public health, research, statistics, and an undergraduate psych/mental health course for DNP (Psych/Mental Health).
    4. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse. If clinical education experiences are to be completed in Montana, licensure in Montana is required.
    5. Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee.
    6. If applicable, English proficiency scores as outlined by the Graduate School.
  2.  Experiences:
    1. In general, one year of clinical experience is preferred for the DNP degree.
    2. Montana residency preferred
  3.  Attributes:
    1. Career goals consistent with educational offerings
    2. Professional analytical, evidence-based nursing practice