Spring 2018 Entry Term

Length of Program – 3 years (9 semesters)

Early Decision Deadline
  • Application Open: January 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Regular Decision Deadline
  • Application Open: January 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2017


Admission Requirements

BSN-to-DNP Application Portal

Applications for the BSN-to-DNP program must be submitted through NursingCAS at Simply create an account, search for the BSN-to-DNP program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications. Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.

BSN-to-DNP Admission Requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Degree in nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited program is preferred.
  • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.” To expedite the process, be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in Academic History.
  • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended on their application in the “Colleges Attended” section of “Academic History” even if no degree was awarded.
  • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the "Additional Requirements for International Transcripts" section.

2. Minimum cumulative basic science and overall GPA of 3.0

3. Introductory statistics course taken within the previous 5 years
  • This requirement must be met prior to orientation.

4. Three letters of recommendation
  • Recommendations must be from each of the following:
  • Current clinical supervisor
  • Current or former academic faculty member
  • Community leader or professional colleague
  • Complete the “References” section in Supporting Information to request electronic recommendations.

5. Statement of purpose
  • Discuss your reasons for applying to the BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program at the University of Miami and how it fits into your personal, educational, and professional goal
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

6. Current CV/resume
  • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer experience, licensure and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic history. Be sure to include dates for ICU related experience.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

7. Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the state of Florida or the state/territory of current practice
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.
  • Students who are admitted must obtain a Florida RN license prior to orientation.

8. Verification of employment
  • A minimum of (2) years of ICU experience within the last (5) years is required to be considered for the program.
  • A completed Anesthesia Verification of Employment form must completed by the employer.
  • Employment verification must be submitted by the manager/supervisor/HR designee via fax, e-mail or U.S. postal.

9. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
  • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

10. Current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for Health Care Providers certification
  • Only ACLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab

11. Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • Only PALS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab

Interviews will be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty. The interview may be in person or via telephone or webcam. Applicants are responsible to cover all associated travel expenses.

Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents

Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the "Documents" tab.

Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

All applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must submit all international transcripts and diplomas (if applicable) to one of the three approved evaluation service slisted below: 

Approved Evaluation Services:
1) Josef Silny & Associates(JS&A)
2) WorldEducation Services (WES)
3) Educational CredentialEvaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Applicants will be able to request for their completed evaluation to be sent electronically from Josef Silney or World Education Services to NursingCAS.  Students must request a course-by-course evaluation, calculation of grade point average and degree equivalency.  Copies of official transcripts and diplomas must be included with the evaluation. After applicants list their foreign institution under the “Academic History” section, applicants are able to select their preferred evaluation service for electronic delivery.   If applicants choose to have their evaluation sent by mail, the documents must be sent directly from one of the three approved evaluation services to NursingCAS.   

Any documents received by the School of Nursing & Health Studies will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party, including evaluation services.

Additional Requirements for applicants whom English is not the native language

Applicants must meet the English requirements set forth by the University of Miami. Send TOEFL scores directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:

University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Office of Student Services, Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 248153
Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850

Application and Admission Guidelines

Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the School of Nursing and Health Studies during the same application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Admission is granted subject to passing of all conditions stated on the Certificate of Admission. This includes FBI background clearance, a passing drug test, valid immunizations (including flu vaccination), and complete financial registration. The BSN-to-DNP program includes several clinical rotations, which require that students have a background report without any infractions. If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, he/she will not have cleared the background check and the conditional admission will be withdrawn.

Please note that student admissions are conducted on a case-by-case basis and the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Studies reserves the right to waive any requirement or request additional information from applicants.