Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Admission

Admission Policy

BSN-DNP

Application Deadlines:
Family Nurse Practitioner - Rolling until April 1
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Rolling until August 1
Nurse Anesthesia Program - Rolling Admission

There are 3 tracks available in the BSN-DNP program: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesia. Admission procedures vary by program. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

BSN applicants for the DNP at Fairfield must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher overall and in the nursing major. RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to complete select prerequisites to be eligible for admission to the DNP program; however, RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree are not eligible for the Nurse Anesthesia track.

Post Master's DNP

Application Deadlines:
Advanced Practice DNP - Rolling until August 1
Executive DNP - Rolling until August 1

Nurse Anesthesia has a summer entry only.
All other programs are for fall entry only.

MSN applicants for the DNP must hold a master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher overall and in the nursing major. Advanced Practice candidates must be eligible for APRN licensure in the state of Connecticut. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

Admission Procedures
All DNP programs except Nurse Anesthesia

Students seeking admission must complete the following procedure. Submit:

  • A Completed application (apply online)
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application fee (paid online)
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and educational history.
  • A Personal Statement
    • Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience, has a broad impact on patient care outcomes.
    • State professional goals for the next 5-10 years.
    • Explain how a DNP degree will aid you in reaching your goals.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree (BSN entry) and Master's degree (MSN entry). All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor who can assess one's clinical expertise and academic potential, accompanied by the University recommendation forms.
  • Copy of current RN License; licensure to practice in the state of Connecticut will be required upon admission.
  • Copy of APRN License and certificate of national certification in an advanced practice nursing specialty (for Nurse Practitioner MSN applicants only)
  • Documentation of the number of supervised clinical hours* completed in previous MSN program (for MSN applicants only)
    *A total of 1,000 practicum/immersion hours is required for the DNP. For MSN to DNP students, these hours include up to 600 documented hours of supervision in an MSN program.

Nurse Anesthesia Applicants Only
Nurse Anesthesia applicants must meet the following requirements before applications will be processed:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with a science GPA of 3.0.
  • Two semesters of biology, one semester of chemistry, one semester of microbiology, and one semester of college math. Physics is strongly recommended.
  • Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States at the time of application. A Connecticut RN license will be required upon admission.
  • A minimum of one year's experience as a RN in a critical care setting (ER does not fulfill this criteria).
  • Current BCLS, ACLS, & PALS certification (must be maintained while in the program).
  • GRE Analytical writing score of 4 or better. Composite scores will be reviewed in relation to the overall application.

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A completed application. Apply online.
  • A non-refundable $60 application fee (paid online)
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two recommendations, including one from your current supervisor and one other from an individual who can assess your clinical expertise in an acute care setting.
  • A three page, double-spaced personal statement stating your career goals and future contributions to the profession of nurse anesthesia
  • A professional resume
  • Official report of GRE scores
  • Copy of current RN license; licensure to practice in the state of Connecticut will be required upon admission.

International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

Interview Process

Applicants who meet the above criteria will be invited in for an Admission interview.

Admission Review

BSN-DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner:  Rolling until April 1

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner:  Rolling until August 1

Nurse Anesthesia Program:  Rolling

Post-Master's DNP


Advanced Practice DNP:  Rolling until August 1

Executive DNP:  Rolling until August 1

For additional information, contact Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195; telephone: (203) 254-4184, or visit the University website.

Measles and Rubella Immunization

  • Connecticut Law requires that students born after December 31, 1956 provide proof of immunization or titre for measles and rubella. This proof must be provided prior to course registration to the University Health Center.