Application Information

The application cycle for the fall term admission opens October 15 and closes March 15. The BSN- DNP program admits only for the fall term. All applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed and decision letters emailed to all applicants in 6-8 weeks.

Application Deadlines

Fall start - BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP: March 15

Spring start - MSN to DNP only: October 15

**Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty admits full-time in even years only. 2022 will be the next full-time admission cycle. Students admitted in 2021 will have a part-time progression.


The University of Louisville School of Nursing participates in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), which provides you with an online application. NursingCAS collects and processes your application documents and verifies your transcripts. We receive your application information from NursingCAS and use it to make our admission decisions.

You do not need to submit any of your supporting documents to the University of Louisville. Only the University of Louisville Graduate Admissions Application is required with a reduced fee of $40.

All required items must be uploaded and transcripts verified by NursingCAS on or before the published deadline. The transcript verification process can take several weeks after receipt of transcript, so please see that all materials are received by NursingCAS well in advance of the published deadline.

NursingCAS provides detailed instructions on their website. Review information under the “Prepare to Apply” tab. The system provides you with updates on your progression as you work through the application and allows you to check your status online to track the receipt of your application, transcripts and references.

Questions on how to upload required documents or questions regarding receipt of transcripts should be directed to NursingCAS and not to the School of Nursing.

Questions regarding admission requirements should be directed to

Admission Requirements

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the DNP program. The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, including the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, GPA, work experience, leadership and community engagement.

Neonatal specialty applicants: Minimum of one year of RN experience in a Level III or Level IV NICU recommended prior to admission. All NNP applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time clinical practice experience (within the last 5 years) in Level III and/or IV NICU inpatient settings before a student begins clinical courses

Adult-Gerontology Acute specialty applicants: One year of RN experience in the ICU or one year of RN experience in any area and a commitment to complete one year in the ICU prior to starting program clinicals.

To the Graduate School:

  • Completed Graduate Admission Application including a reduced application fee. No additional documents required with UofL application. Please send all admission documents to Nursing CAS.

To Nursing CAS:

  • Official transcripts from all college course work. Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution and a NLN, CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program. Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). BSN-DNP recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. MSN-DNP recommended graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities and potential.
  • Within the application, be prepared to answer the following questions:
    • Describe your reasons for applying to a doctor of nursing practice program, including your short and long-term professional goals.
    • What is your motivation for choosing your selected specialty?
    • Explain your professional growth and development that has specifically prepared you for the specialty for which you have applied.
    • Identify and discuss a system or population health problem that could benefit from an evidence-based change.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • RN verification of licensure from the Board of Nursing.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency


* All nursing students are required to submit a criminal background check (CBC) through the School of Nursing third party vendor Castlebranch. Students will be required to submit the CBC along with their decision to accept the admissions decision. Details will be included in the admission offer letter.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires nursing students to report all misdemeanors and felonies to them. Carefully read the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.


School of Nursing Costs

Background Check

$58; at point of application to SON

Cardinal Card (Student ID)

$10 Replacement Costs


Visit Campus Health website for individual costs.

Liability Insurance

$75-$100 estimate per year

Major Medical Health Insurance

Visit Campus Health website for individual costs. Required by UofL. May waive with proof of insurance

Parking Permit

Required for UofL campus parking. Costs vary.


$85-$100 estimate pending model

Student Health Fee

$52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services

Financial Aid