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We are taking applications for fall 2020

DNP – Although the Family Nurse Practitioner Priority Deadline was January 31, 2020, we will continue to review applications until the cohort is full.

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Track (DNP-FNP) Admission Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner track, students must have

  • An earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN or BAN), or a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and a nationally accredited nursing program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 from their previous baccalaureate nursing program; a minimum GPA of 3.2 from a previous Master’s in Nursing program.
  • Students with a doctorate degree who wish to complete their FNP can pursue post-doctoral studies. An evaluation of credits will be completed (a gap analysis) to determine required courses.
  • Evidence of a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. A MN license required. Other state licenses will be required for clinical rotations in those states.
  • A minimum of five years active and current clinical practice as an RN preferred, three years required.
  • Satisfactory results of a certified federal criminal background check at the time of admission and annually thereafter; additional testing may be required for clinical placement, e.g. alcohol-drug testing, HIV testing, etc.
  • Evidence of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course before enrolling in NUR520 – Research Methods in Nursing and NUR520P, the associated practicum.   

 Application Deadline:

Applications for the DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner track students will matriculate into the program in the fall.  Applications will be taken until the cohort is full.   



Application Components:

All DNP-FNP applicants must complete and submit an admission file that includes:

  • Completed online application form.   Essay, resume and recommenders can be added at a later time – see below. Official transcripts from the college/universities you received your nursing license listing all courses taken and any degree(s) conferred. (See below)
  • Professional Essay (see below)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation (see below)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • A current unencumbered Minnesota Registered Nurse License
  • Practice/Clinical Hours – If one has completed practice hours as part of a nationally accredited graduate nursing program, submit documentation and number of hours (see below)

 How to Apply:

When you start an application, you will receive a user name and password so that you can return to work on your application. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our admissions staff. Please note, you can “submit” your application without attaching your essay and other components.


Have official academic transcripts from colleges/universities in which you received your nursing degrees (BSN and ASN if applicable).Transcripts from any previous graduate-level work are also needed.To request a transcript, call or email the registrar’s office at your prior institution.

Augsburg requires an evaluation of credentials for any transcript(s) from an institution outside of the United States. The evaluation report should be sent directly to the program to which you are applying. Evaluations can be accepted from World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.

You may request your official transcripts from your past institutes of higher learning and send them to Augsburg University by mail or electronic transfer.

By mail:

Graduate Admissions Office, CB 65
Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

By electronic transfer:

Augsburg University uses Scrip-Safe, Docufide/Parchment as official transfer services. If you wish to use a different transfer service, please call 612-330-1101 to check on the feasibility of other options. Please send documents to .

After you request an electronic transcript, please send an email to indicating that a transcript has been ordered. Include your name, desired degree program, electronic transfer service used and the name of the sending institution.

Professional Essay

Explain why transcultural, holistic and integrative health education as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner is important in shaping the future of healthcare.
Why do you want to be a primary care Family Nurse Practitioner?

Guidelines for Essay: Two pages, double space, APA format, no quotes.

The essay can be uploaded with the application or emailed as an attachment to Please note you can submit the application prior to completing your essay. 

Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

A resume or curriculum vitae with work experience, educational experience and professional associations involvement and publications

Letters of reference

Three letters of reference from individuals that can give an assessment of your professional and/or academic abilities. When applying online, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Our online application system will then send an email to each recommender with instructions on how to submit a recommendation. Recommenders upload a letter in support of the applicant. Recommenders do have the option to email the letter of recommendation directly to

Practice/Clinical Hours (for those who have masters in nursing course work)

Documentation verifying the number of practice hours completed in a nationally accredited graduate nursing program (a maximum of 400 practice hours may be transferred into the DNP-FNP track of study from a nationally accredited master’s in nursing program). Many transcripts list practice hours. If the university/college you attended does not record the practice hours on your transcript, a letter from your college or university department can be submitted upon acceptance to the program.