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.

  • 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 admission to the program with a grade of B or higher. 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.

DNP Drop-In Hour

Do you have general questions regarding the DNP program? Connect with DNP advisor, Chanelle, when she goes live for an hour to answer any admissions or program questions you might have! The zoom session will start when she logs on at the respective day and time.

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.

Previous Information Session

Program Information Video

*To view previous recorded information sessions, please visit our YouTube page.

Have questions?
Check our DNP – FNP FAQ!

Still have questions?
Ask an Academic Counselor!

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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

2019 – 2020 Academic Year
Billed Student Fees Other Estimated Expenses
Tuition (per-quarter cost): $9,025* Books/Supplies: $1650
Laptop Computer: $1500

* Due to the structure of the program, we are unable to accept the UC Employee tuition discount.
* The tuition, fees, and charges are estimates based on currently approved amounts. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
Amounts for estimated expenses may vary.

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.

UC Irvine, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing will be offering a diversity scholarship and a UC Irvine School of Nursing alumni scholarship. The priority deadline for applicants who would like to be considered for School of Nursing scholarships is January 1st.

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)
Application Deadlines