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Admission Requirements

The admissions committee will consider several factors when evaluating candidates for admission to the University: undergraduate grade point average, statement of purpose, goals and achievements and TOEFL scores, when applicable.

Master of Science in Nursing


Dominican University of California is not currently accepting Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader applications and will not be enrolling students for the Fall 2014 semester. Candidates who have not completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are encouraged to consider the day undergraduate BSN program. Please visit us again for Spring 2015.

Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis. Space is limited; early submission of application materials is advised.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are taken into consideration, but are not required.


MSN, Clinical Nurse Leader Requirements

A masters degree from Dominican has opened many doors for me professionally. I am now an educator, a clinical instructor, and an advanced practice nurse. There is an level of confidence that I have at the bedside when caring for my patients that never existed prior to acquiring my masters degree. The education that I received during the MSN program elevated my comprehension of disease pathology and pharmacological allowing me to better care for patients, mentor my colleagues, and respect the nursing profession.

—Toby Embry, MSN, RN, CNS

  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Official transcript of course work from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or the university.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate course work. (Admissions decisions are made by faculty representatives specific to each graduate and teaching credential program. The faculty reserve the right to consider exceptions to this 3.0 GPA requirement.)
  • Completed courses in both statistics and nursing research, within the past 5 years, with a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher, or proof of mastery
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional and on letterhead).
  • Resume—Professional and/or personal.
  • Statement of Purpose or Intent—a brief essay (500 words) describing professional and or personal goals and reasons for obtaining a graduate degree.
  • Photocopy of current California RN license
  • Interview with the admissions committee (as needed)

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