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Admissions MSN-to-DNP

The School of Nursing receives applications for admission and most applicant credentials for the DNP program exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (NursingCAS), provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) at Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all spaces in the entering class are filled and an appropriate wait list of alternate candidates is formed. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. Selected candidates will be invited to one of our Friday interview days scheduled throughout the academic year.

Information Sessions

Join Us For An Info Session

To learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and other graduate nursing programs at Belmont University, please plan to attend an upcoming Information Session.  Spring Information Sessions will held on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m.  To register, click on the link to the right.

Minimum Admission Requirements
Candidates must:
1. Have earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in advanced nursing practice, nursing education or nursing administration from a nationally accredited nursing program (CCNE or ACEN [Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing [formerly NLNAC]) with a minimum 3.5 GPA preferred.
2. Candidates who are advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist) will typically hold current national certification.
3. Submit a completed application file (per the Application Steps below).  Applications will be received until a class is filled. Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible, as it may take several weeks to complete the application and for all credentials to be received and verified through the centralized application service (NursingCAS).

Application Steps
1. Create an account for your online application at
2. Log in to your application and complete all sections as directed.
3. As part of your application (in the Colleges Attended section), download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to NursingCAS.
4. As part of your application, complete all sections in the Program Materials area.  Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.
5. Submit your completed application to NursingCAS with the appropriate program designated.
6. Wait to hear from Belmont University via email regarding the status of your application.  Update your application file as necessary.
7. If selected to interview based on a preliminary review of your credentials, come to campus when invited to interview and plan to be available on the interview day for up to 3 hours, typically beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Pre-enrollment Checklist
Once accepted, candidates must complete the following requirements before enrolling:
   1. $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by a specified deadline after acceptance, applied to first semester tuition
   2. Documentation of national certification as a nurse practitioner, as requested
   3. Any final official transcripts of coursework that was in progress at the time of application, sent directly to
        Belmont University
   4. A background check, as directed by the School of Nursing, with favorable results
   5. Required immunizations
   6. Proof of health insurance coverage
   7. Program orientation.
If any of these requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.

International Applicants
1. International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (required minimum of 550 PBT or 80 iBT) or by successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 112.
2. International applicants with college level course work from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( or Joseph Silny & Associates (
3. In order to be issued an I-20 for the desired entry term, international applicants must be admitted no later than June 1 in order to begin enrollment in the fall.

Graduate Nursing  |  Phone: 615-460-6142
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