Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN - DNP): Leadership and Management
Illinois State University’s BSN to DNP – Leadership & Management sequence prepares nurses for leadership opportunities in the changing healthcare environment. You will build the skills necessary to assume leadership and management roles and to develop and implement health policy. Graduates work in a variety of roles in clinical, education, and administrative settings.
Our BSN to DNP is designed by doctorally-prepared faculty who still actively practice. Many of these practitioners started as ADNs and worked their way up the educational ladder to the top of their fields. They understand what it means to juggle multiple responsibilities, and they have built a program that allows you to balance work, school, family, and life.
And, in the case “life happens” our program has a built-in stop-out point allowing students to earn their MSN after completion of master’s level coursework.
Discover what life as an Illinois State graduate student is like.
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting International Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
You must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
Show evidence of satisfactory completion of statistics, nursing research, and physical assessment courses with a grade of a C or better at the baccalaureate level.
Submit your current resume.
Write a two to three-page, double-spaced essay that describes your educational and career goals.
Submit copies of your RN license in your state of residence.
Include on the application the names and email addresses of three professional or academic references from persons qualified to assess your potential to succeed in the DNP program. At least one reference must be from a faculty member from applicant’s baccalaureate program or a master’s prepared nurse. Your recommenders will receive instructions to complete and upload this reference form to the recommender site.
Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report (International Students Only)
International applicants must submit to Mennonite College of Nursing a Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report from CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) or WES (World Education Services). International applicants must comply with the International Applicant Requirements as directed by the Illinois State University Office of Admissions.
English Proficiency Scores (International Students Only)
International students applying to this program must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 band.
Global Access to Online Degree Programs
When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
- Fall Term — July 15
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
Given that our programs are designed for working professionals, doctoral students enrolled in a part-time plan of study (6 credit hours minimum) are eligible to apply for graduate assistantship positions in Mennonite College of Nursing. The tuition waiver is prorated based on number of hours enrolled each semester employed as a graduate assistant.
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.