Admissions Requirements

Graduate Nursing Programs

Master's Degree (MS) Applicants

Applicants to D'Youville's master's degree programs in nursing require the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university program.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics and an undergraduate course in computer science or its equivalent.
  • Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on a overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system).
  • A current license to practice professional nursing in New York State or Ontario.
  • Two letters of recommendation that include comment on the applicant's clinical performance (preferably from a supervisor and colleague).
  • A current certification in CPR
  • Letter of intent

Prerequisites

All Master's nursing programs

  • An undergraduate course in statistics
  • An undergraduate course in computer science or the equivalent.
  • Canadian students must submit a 'course-by-course' evaluation (or equivalent) of all Canadian college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES).

Additional Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner

  • One year of practice as a registered nurse is recommended
  • An undergraduate level course in health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology or their equivalent.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Applicants

Applicants to D'Youville's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program require the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university (or CNO in Ontario). Canadian students must submit a 'course-by-course' evaluation (or equivalent) of all Canadian college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES).
  • Completion of a master's degree with specialty preparation as an advanced practice nurse (nursing practitioner, clinical nurse specialist,nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program at a college or university (or CNO in Ontario).
  • Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.0 system)
  • Official transcripts from each college of university attended; this must include all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • A current license to practice professional nursing in New York State or Ontario.
  • A current certification in CPR
  • Current national certification (or exam eligibility) as an advanced practice nursing in a specialty area (where applicable)
  • Documentation of the number of clinical hours completed in prior master's degree program
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of active membership in at least one professional organization
  • Favorable review with a panel of D'Youville College nursing faculty members
  • Three letters of reference; the faculty prefer that one come from a college-level professor if possible, and at least one from an employer or colleague with an advanced or terminal degree, focusing on the applicant's potential for success in the doctoral program.
  • A written personal statement outlining how the applicant expects the degree to assist in achieving specific career goals.
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Advanced Certificate Program Applicants

All advanced certificate courses are registered with the New York State Education Department and are offered in both spring and fall semesters. Graduate tuition and fees apply.

Please use the graduate online application to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To be admitted:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree in a healthcare field.
  • Prior academic achievement will also be considered by the School of Nursing.
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