Candidates for all programs must:
- The applicant must be 18 years of age or older at the time he/she starts his/her program of study
- The applicant must complete an application
- The applicant must interview with an admissions representative and/or other administrative staff (online students conduct interviews by phone)
- Applicants must pay the application fee and complete all tuition payment requirements
- Accepted applicants must agree to and sign the Enrollment Agreement
- Authorize DCN to conduct a background check
- Specific information and details are provided by the Admissions Representative.
Note: Enrollment in nursing courses requires enrollment in one of the college’s nursing programs.
Pre-licensure (on-campus) students are required to continue and maintain annual updates of immunizations, health insurance, CPR Certification, and to immediately inform the college if there are items that might show on a background check that could create a barrier to clinical practice experience, placement, or licensure. Please refer to the section on Additional Clinical Requirements for On-Campus Students.
Post-licensure (online) students may be required to provide proof of current immunizations, certifications, or health coverage to DCN if needed for experiential learning assignments.
MSN Admission Criteria:
All applications for admission to a Master of Science in Nursing degree require a completed application form and may include a non-refundable application fee. Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program is based on individual evaluation in accordance with the following minimum admissions requirements:
- A nursing baccalaureate degree from an AACN/CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited program.
- A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- A grade of “B” or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
- Three recommendations from professional persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic, professional and leadership potential.
- Evidence of current unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure. Applicants may be 28 conditionally accepted pending licensure which must be obtained prior to the end of the first quarter of study.
- Submission of a one page essay describing how master’s level education in nursing will impact the applicant’s practice.
- Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse is preferred for all applicants.
Admission on Probation
Students who show promise for the program, but do
not meet all admission criteria, may be admitted on a
probationary bases. Under the probationary status,
students must attain a grade of “B” or better in the
first 10 quarter credit hours of Master of Science
degree in nursing course work. Successful completion
of the first 10 quarter credit hours of course work with
a 3.0 cumulative grade point average removes the
probationary status and entitles students to good
Conditional Admission may be granted to students
who are awaiting receipt of admission materials. This
includes first quarter students awaiting a sit date for
NCLEX testing. Registered nurse licensure must be
obtained prior to the end of the first quarter of study.
Unlicensed individuals will not be permitted to
progress into the second quarter of the program.
High School or GED
Unless otherwise noted, all applicants for admission
must be high school graduates recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education or hold a GED. For more
information on obtaining a GED, please go to
and select GED Testing Services or
contact the local Board of Education or our