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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)
    • Your professional background and accomplishments
    • Why this program is a good fit for your interests and academic goals
    • Your plans for balancing work, school, and life
    • Your future career goals and how the program will help you achieve these goals
  • Current employment requirements: Unemployed applicants must verify access to a suitable work environment (i.e. a healthcare facility) 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.
  • Practice experience hours requirements: Program applicants who provide evidence of clinical hours from an MSN or other nursing-specific degree have the potential to have a percentage of those hours (maximum 400 hours) applied to the required 1000 prior to the Project course sequence.
  • DNP, Informatics Leadership specialization eligibility: A minimum of one year of full-time work experience in an informatics or technology-based nursing leadership role during the last 5 years is required.
  • 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, Informatics Leadership or Professional 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 or the DNP Informatics 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:
        • Applicant’s graduate degree transcripts are evaluated for deficiencies against American Sentinel’s current CCNE- accredited MSN program. A degree plan is created for the applicant that includes courses required for American Sentinel’s MSN program that have not received transfer credit. Examples of these courses include:
          • N512 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
          • N515PE Research Design (3 credits)
          • N521 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
          • N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits)
          • In addition to the courses above, students are required to complete 400 practice hours.
          • Upon successful completion of 36 credit hours and 400 practice hours (minimum 18 credits in residence and 18 additional graduate-level transfer credits) students will be awarded an MSN and will be admitted to the DNP program.
          • Upon completion of the graduation requirements students will be awarded a DNP degree.
          • Students in this option will have successfully completed 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours when they are awarded the DNP degree.
      • Option B – Students do not earn a MSN degree upon completion of all DNP Executive Leadership or DNP Informatics 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 DNP Project I. Students will be placed in a Practicum Workroom which supports applicants’ completion of the required 400 practice hours. Additional fees apply to completion of these practice hours.
          • Upon completion of the required bridge courses and all requirements of the DNP program Executive Leadership or Informatics specialization, students will be awarded a DNP degree.

Students in this option will have successfully completed 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours before they are awarded the DNP degree.

* Schools located within the United States, Canada, or US Territories that have transcripts issued in a language other than English 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. In addition, American Sentinel reserves the right to request an Academic Report from NACES, AICE, or CGFNS for education taught in English and obtained in Canada or US Territories if deemed necessary.

** Unofficial copies may be submitted for the purposes of evaluation and acceptance but must contain proof of minimum degree conferral and minimum GPA. If the unofficial transcript does not have completion or conferral status, the applicant must also provide a copy of their diploma. Official copies of transcripts with degree conferral date and minimum GPA must be received by the Registrar’s Office by the end of the first 8-week term. If the applicant fails to submit such official documents on time, he or she will be disallowed from starting future courses until the official transcripts are received, and subsequently be withdrawn for failing to provide them.

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.

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.