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Doctoral Program Requirements

To be considered for admission to the American Sentinel University doctoral degree program, the following must be submitted:
  • A completed application.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Detailed essay on each of the items below (approximately 3-4 paragraphs)
    • Professional and academic background, skills, and accomplishments
    • Research interests
    • Why this program is a good fit for your interests and academic goals
    • Future career goals
  • Proof of employment (unemployed applicants must verify access to a suitable work environment (healthcare facility) to be able to complete classroom assignments.
  • Students are required to secure availability and access/permission to an acceptable location/site to fulfill the practice experience and DNP project requirements of the program.
  • Program applicants must provide evidence of clinical hours from an MSN or other nursing-specific degree and have the potential to have those hours (maximum 400 hours) applied to the required 1000 prior to the Project course sequence
  • And for Informatics leadership specialization: A minimum of one year of full-time work experience in an informatics or technology-based nursing leadership role within the last 5 years.
  • A copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.
  • Educational leadership specialization:
    • Official transcripts** from applicant’s MS in Nursing, MA in Nursing or MSN nursing degree program with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Executive leadership or Informatics leadership specializations (MSN or other-discipline master’s degree)
    • Official transcripts** from applicant’s master’s degree program with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.
    • If no MSN, then official transcripts for BSN degree program are required as well.
    • If the master’s degree is in a discipline other than nursing applicant may be considered for entrance into the DNP executive leadership specialization using one of two options, both of which require completion of 400 hours of post-baccalaureate practice hours in addition to the 600 practice hours required to complete the DNP degree:
      • Option A – Students earn an MSN degree upon completion of all MSN requirements.
      • Option B – Students do not earn a MSN degree upon completion of all DNP executive leadership specialization requirements. Applicants must complete a three course bridge program and 400 practice hours:
        • N501PE Advanced Practice Role Development
        • N505PE Theoretical Foundations
        • N515PE Research Design
        • Applicants are required to complete the bridge courses and the 400 practice hours before they can register for N740PE Capstone Project I.

* Canadian schools which have transcripts issued in French are considered FOREIGN and applicants must provide an Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate stating that the nursing education you received is comparable to that obtained by a graduate of a U.S. nursing school. 

** If the student is utilizing federal financial aid to pay for all or part of his or her tuition and fees, the student must submit official transcripts (or approved official academic report or CGFNS report) prior to enrollment.

** If the student is not utilizing federal financial aid, unofficial copies of transcripts (or approved official academic report or CGFNS report) may be submitted for purposes of evaluation and acceptance. However, official copies must be received by the Registrar’s Office no later than the end of the student’s first eight-week term. If the student fails to submit such official documents on time, he or she will be disallowed from starting future courses.

In accordance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 5 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, American Sentinel University admits all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliations, or political philosophy. The university recruits and admits those students/learners who have the potential to successfully complete the educational programs. The prospective student’s motivation and interest in succeeding in his/her chosen business field are important factors for admission consideration as well as the student’s academic background and qualifications.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which all courses were taught in English will need to provide one of the following:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (written version) or 80 (iBT version).
  • An International English Language Test (IELTS) score of at least 5.0 for undergraduates and 6.5 for graduates, or verification of certification in an English proficiency program.

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