Fall 2025 Applications Available: September 1, 2024

Deadline: March 1, 2025 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

The DNP Program uses a rolling admissions process. Applicants must submit fully completed applications meeting all requirements for both the UHM Graduate Division and the DON to be reviewed for admission to the program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and cannot be re-submitted. Applicants can apply only once per annual admission cycle.

Each applicant is evaluated on the merit of their individual application and placed into one of three categories: admit, alternate or deny. Notifications about decisions occur following review of the completed application by the admissions team. We encourage applicants to apply beginning September 1 both in the Nursing Centralized Admission Service (NCAS) system and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) Graduate Division. Please check NCAS and the UHM Graduate Division for a full listing of application requirements.

Two-Step Application Process

Application Requirements are found on the websites listed below.

Step 1 – Apply to UH Manoa Graduate Division

Step 2 – Apply to Nursing’s Centralized Application Service

Application deadlines for NCAS are set to Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will close at midnight EST the date of the deadline.

  • Fee: $80
  • Select “Doctor of Nursing Practice for Applicants with a Master’s Degree” for the planned course of study

Admission Requirements


Master’s degree or higher in a health-related field from an accredited college or university. Admission is contingent upon completion of the master’s degree requirements no later than the first day of class of the first semester of DNP coursework.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Graduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale


Current unrestricted RN license in the United States or evidence of passing the NCLEX-RN exam and a current RN license in the state or jurisdiction of practice.

National Certification

Copy of national certifications held, if applicable.

English Language Proficiency

If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English-speaking college, then the applicant must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600/100 (paper/internet) and subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking or Grad International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 7.00.

International Students

Please visit the UH Manoa Office of International Student Services page, email them at, or call them at (808) 956-8613.

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