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Admission Information & Requirements

D.N.P. applicants must meet the following criteria:
 
  • submit a completed application with $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • provide evidence of having earned a Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
    • D.N.P. applicants entering with a B.S.N. as their highest credential must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be eligible for graduation as an M.S.N. prior to enrolling in NU 700-level courses
    • D.N.P. applicants with an M.S.N. as their highest credential must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • hold RN licensure in Virginia.
  • provide two letters of recommendation, at least one from a direct supervisor within the past two years and the other from an employer or professor who can attest to the applicant's potential for graduate work
  • provide a copy of APN certification, as applicable
  • submit a 250- to 500-word professional essay describing the applicant’s motivation for seeking the degree and postgraduate plans, identifying an area of interest for the final project in the essay. The essay should be sent by mail or email to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • provide documentation of clinical hours at the master's level, as applicable
D.N.P. Program Application Deadlines
The D.N.P. is a part-time program. Admitted students begin coursework in the fall.
 
Preferred deadline: March 15
Final deadline: May 1
 
Applications completed before the deadline will be reviewed by the appropriate Nursing faculty and applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview.
 
Clinical Requirements
Graduate Nursing applicants must also meet the following clinical requirements before entering each practicum course:
 
  • provide written verification of PPD testing for tuberculosis (required annually). If PPD is positive, an initial chest X-ray is required
  • provide written verification of CPR certification from the American Heart Association (BLS for Healthcare Provider) 
  • show evidence of health insurance coverage
  • submit documentation of liability/malpractice insurance
  • undergo a criminal background check, which is a federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations
  • additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies.