Application Requirements

Application Deadlines Fall  Spring
Priority May 15 November 1
Standard August 1 December 1

Please review the information below to learn more about the application requirements in order to be considered for admission into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. If you have any questions please call us at 951-343-4535.

The following are required for your application to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program:

  • Completion of a master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or evaluated equivalency. Applicants with a master's degree in another discipline may be evaluated for admission on an individual basis (not valid for FNP option).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for unconditional admission and a minimum 3.0 GPA for conditional admission
  • Prerequisites: All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
    • Statistics
    • Research
    • Advanced Pathophysiology (required for FNP option)
    • Advanced Physical Assessment (required for FNP option) 
  • Active California RN license
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse (preferred, if applicable)
  • Successful interview with the College of Nursing
  • Meeting with program advisor for initial project identification
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores if needed


  • CPR Certification
  • Background check clearance
  • Health clearance
  • Drug testing
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of motor vehicle insurance 

Online DNP application via including the following:

  • Completion of NursingCAS requirements (personal information, academic history, and supporting information)
  • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
  • Prerequisite coursework entry
  • Copy of RN license
  • Supplemental questions
  • Three references: Must be from sources who can personally attest to the candidate’s potential for scholarly and professional success (academic or employer). Family members and friends may not complete recommendations.
  • Professional essay about a potential project that is less than 1,000 words and written in APA format that includes the following:
      • Identify a problem that requires a system change relevant to emerging healthcare issues and need for this change
      • Reason for your interest in this topic as a potential project
      • How this problem is applicable to the DNP-prepared health care provider
      • How having a doctoral education will be integrated into your personal professional goals
      • Reasons for choosing California Baptist University
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae, including: work experience; educational, leadership, and professional organization activities; and scholarly activities
  • Writing sample–either publication or from MSN coursework
  • Application fee
  • No GRE required

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