Eligibility & Application Instructions

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will apply for admissions through the UCI Graduate Division website.

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:

Application Notes

  • An interview may be required for final selection of candidates
  • Additional information is available from UCI Graduate Division

International Applicants

Due to federal guidelines, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program does not satisfy the requirements for F-1 or J-1 study, due to the fact that it is a hybrid program.  However, if you are here already on some kind of non-education related visa (marriage and family, work, etc.), you should be eligible to enroll in our program without trouble. We encourage you to check with our international center as well as an immigration attorney.

In addition to the above-mentioned items, international applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
For more helpful information on applying to UCI as an international student, see the UCI Graduate Division International Admissions page.

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 (May 1st, 2021 at 11:59PM PT) 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 BS or MS degree in nursing from a CCNE or CNEA accredited college or university
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An active, unrestricted California RN license
  • 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.
    • Applicants are required to upload a signed copy of the DNP Statistics Acknowledgement form in the UC Irvine Graduate Application.

Information Sessions

We’re excited to virtually meet you!  Please join us for our virtual information session on Friday, November 5th from 1:00-2:00PM PST.  Guests will be required to register for the event to receive Zoom login information here.

Have questions? Before contacting us, check and see if your query is answered on our Program Information video, or on one of our previous information sessions.

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Check our DNP – FNP FAQ!

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With a DNP degree from UCI, you’ll be able to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) at the highest level of the nursing profession.

After passing the national Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) board certification examination, you’ll be well-qualified to practice as a FNP at a variety of ambulatory practice sites serving patients of all ages, such as:

  • Community health clinics
  • Ambulatory practice sites within large healthcare systems
  • HMOs
  • Student health centers
  • Private office practices

FNPs provide primary healthcare, preventative care, urgent and episodic care, and chronic disease management. In addition, with a DNP degree you’ll not only become a practitioner, but also have the skills and knowledge to lead quality improvement and practice initiatives, as well as contribute to our profession as a nurse educator.

Many of UCI’s nurse practitioner professors in our DNP program are also part of our UCI Nursing Faculty Practice Team providing healthcare for patients in ambulatory care settings. The DNP degree allows you the flexibility to pursue your professional nursing career goals, whatever path you choose.

We have a dedicated clinical placement team, including a clinical operations analyst and a faculty clinical coordinator to assist DNP-FNP students with all facets of the clinical placement process throughout the program.

Experienced nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physicians provide expert clinical education for our students in the local community, across a variety of practice venues, in primary care and specialty care.

For students who live out of commuting distance to the university, our clinical placement team works with the students to identify potential clinical sites and preceptors for their clinical rotations; we communicate with all potential preceptors to determine if they are suitable to serve as preceptors and manage the required university affiliations

Tuition & Fees

For current Tuition and Fees, please visit the Registrar’s Office website: https://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/

* Due to the structure of the program, we are unable to accept the UC Employee tuition discount through Human Resources, however we offer an annual $10,000 UC Nurse scholarship for any career track nurse working at a UC while employed in the program. Please contact Student Affairs for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2. Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA.

The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing offers three fellowships to DNP Applicants: the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Fellowship, the Dean’s Fellowship, and the UC Irvine School of Nursing Alumni Fellowship. The priority deadline for applicants who would like to be considered for School of Nursing Fellowships is January 16th.

The UC Nurse Fellowship is an annual $10,000 fellowship is open to career-track nurses employed with 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.

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:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships

Direct unsubsidized loan/Stafford or Direct PLUS loans

Foundation Scholarships:

American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) Scholarships

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
304 Park Avenue South 11th Floor
New York, NY 10010

March of Dimes Graduate Scholarships – Awarded to members of AWHONN or NANN, with focus on maternal-child nursing.

Education Services
March of Dimes
1275 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605

American Cancer Society -Awarded to applicant conducting cancer research.

The American Cancer Society
Extramural Grants Department
250 Williams Street NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-1002

Johnson & Johnson/AACN – Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars, awarded to minority students who agree to teach nursing after graduation.


NAPNAP Foundation Richardson DNP Scholarship – Awarded to NAPNAP members pursuing DNP education.


DNP (Post-Master’s)
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