University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Degree Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Post-Master’s Certificate.

Program Length

36 months, full time

Credit Hours

100 credits

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Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.

You must hold an RN license in the state in which you will complete clinical courses.

1 year of critical care nursing experience required. The average accepted student has approximately three years of high-acuity adult surgical critical care experience. Acceptable critical care experience is nursing care which, on a daily basis, includes managing invasive hemodynamic monitors, cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive drips. The following critical care areas are preferred: Surgical, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Cardiothoracic ICU, Coronary ICU, Medical ICU, Pediatric or Neonatal ICU.

Grade Point Average of 3.00 or above. Successful applicants typically have a Grade Point Average of 3.4 or above.

GRE exam scores are required for admission, and the exam must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants who hold a Master’s degree may be eligible for a GRE waiver. Preferred scores are a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 on the older GRE General Test or a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 on the revised GRE General Test.


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