To apply to one of our programs, please print out and complete the appropriate application, then mail it with your application payment to:

Admissions Office
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, Illinois 61603


Essay Requirements

BSN-DNP and Post Master’s DNP

This essay is an essential aspect of the admission process and will be carefully evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee in order to make a decision on your direct entry into the DNP program.

Follow the guidelines carefully, speaking to each item listed below. The paper should be 750-1000 word essay.

Evaluation of the essay will include assessment of:

  • Content
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Grammar, punctuation, etc.

Please address the following:

  1. Describe your clinical/leadership experience and your ability to work with others.
  2. Describe examples where you used analytical thinking.
  3. Give examples of how you use research/EBP in your current clinical/leadership experience.
  4. Describe a situation where you have impacted nursing care.
  5. Discuss a potential topic for your DNP Project.
  6. Identify the program option (major) you selected and goals for your doctoral nursing education.
  7. Describe how the attainment of your goals will advance your professional practice.