DNP Admission Information

In making decisions for admission, Marymount University takes a holistic approach to application review.

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2022 enrollment*: October 15, 2021
Fall 2022 enrollment**: June 15, 2022

*Full-time Post-BSN DNP only
**Post-Master’s DNP is fall enrollment only

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary education including evidence of having earned a Nursing degree  from an accredited college or university
    • DNP applicants entering with a BSN as their highest credential must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be eligible for graduation as an MSN prior to enrolling in NU 700-level courses
    • DNP applicants with an MSN as their highest credential must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Professional résumé
  • Hold RN licensure in Virginia.
  • Two narrative 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
  • Copy of APN certification, as applicable
  • 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 an essay.

Applications completed before the deadline will be reviewed by the Nursing admissions committee 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:

  • Written verification of PPD testing for tuberculosis (required annually). If PPD is positive, an initial chest X-ray is required
  • Written verification of CPR certification from the American Heart Association (BLS for Healthcare Provider)
  • Evidence of health insurance coverage
  • Documentation of liability/malpractice insurance
  • Criminal background check, which is a federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations
  • Additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies

Additional Requirements for International Students:

For university coursework completed outside the U.S., an official course-by-course evaluation of your transcript is required from an evaluation agency with NACES membership such as World Education Services, Inc. or Educational Credentials Evaluators.

Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score from the TOEFL of 96, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE Academic exam of 58, or documentation of program completion at one of Marymount University’s language partners.

For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, please click here.