A complete UCI application includes and adheres to the following:
*Please use the two essay prompts below and follow the guidelines to write your essays. Please don’t use the personal history statement and statement of purpose prompts that appear in the online application:
We strongly encourage applicants to carefully review the DNP Guide to Applying which is a comprehensive guide to the application and admission requirements.
UC Irvine Graduate Application Fee
Please note that if you are planning to apply for an Application Fee Waiver, you must submit your waiver request to UC Irvine’s Graduate Division 5 days prior to your individual graduate program’s deadline or by March 4 (whichever comes first) of the same calendar year. The School of Nursing does not manage the application fee nor does it manage the application fee waiver process. Please refer to the UC Irvine Graduate Division website for more information: https://grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/fee-waivers.php
A MS degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
An active, unrestricted RN license for practice in the state where your DNP practicum occurs
One year of full-time US-based employment (or a minimum of 1800 hours) as a registered nurse by the start of the program
An undergraduate or graduate statistics course that will cover or did cover descriptive and inferential statistics.
This statistics course must have been completed within 5 years of starting the program with a grade of B or higher. Courses must be taken for a letter grade – credit/no credit and pass/not pass courses will not be considered.
If it has been longer than 5 years, this course can be taken online or in-person at a community college, a university/college, or university extension.
If you are on the cusp of the 5 year deadline, we strongly encourage you to retake statistics during the summer before starting the program.
Due to the structure of the program, we are unable to accept the UC Employee tuition discount through Human Resources. However, UC employees may be eligible for the UC Nurse Scholarship, an annual $10,000 available to career-track nurses employed with the University of California. Eligibility is contingent upon quarterly verification of part-time or full-time career status within the University of California. Per diem or limited status does not qualify.
Additional Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources
In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing-specific scholarships introduce you to organizations that can broaden your idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The following organizations and programs provide financial aid for nursing students:
We’re excited to virtually meet you! Please join us for one of our remaing virtual information sessions this Winter. Guests will be required to register for the event to receive Zoom login information.
Please click on the information session you are interested in to be directed to the registration site:
Our office will close for UC Irvine’s Winter Administrative Recess on Friday, December 23rd, 2022. Our office will be unable to respond to emails and inquiries sent between December 23rd, 2022 and January 2nd, 2023. We appreciate your patience during this busy time!
With a DNP degree from UCI, you’ll be able to practice at the highest level of the nursing profession.
In the DNP Post-Masters track, the DNP degree builds on master’s degree competencies and equips you with the skills and knowledge to:
Advance your career in nursing leadership and management
Lead quality improvement and practice initiatives to improve health care outcomes
Contribute to our profession as a nurse educator
The DNP degree will complete your educational journey as you pursue the career path most suited to your personal goals.
$10,000 Annual UC Nurse Fellowship
Eligibility is contingent upon quarterly verification of part-time or full-time career status within the University of California. Per diem or limited status does not qualify. Verification can be in the form of a recent pay stub or letter from your employer. The verification must include your position title, appointment type (career/limited), and percentage (part time/full time).
All enrolled DNP students will receive a request for eligibility information. Once eligibility is established, the $10,000 scholarship will be automatically disbursed evenly throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters towards tuition.
In addition, there are other need-based and application-based scholarships available. Students are automatically eligible for need-based awards as long as they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act Application. Application-based scholarships are announced to students each summer.
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