DNP Program: How to Apply

Application Availability and Deadline

Applications to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are generally available from October until January. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm PST on January 15 to begin full-time study the following Autumn Quarter.

Minimum Requirements

  • We do not require the GRE for any of our graduate programs
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • Meeting Essential Behaviors for graduate students
  • If your native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency (including spoken English)
  • International applicants must have an active unrestricted US registered nursing (RN) license at time of application; if you hold an ARNP license that must also be an active unrestricted US license. You must apply for and successfully obtain Washington State licensure to begin the Doctor of Nursing Practice program if you are offered admission.
  • If you did not earn your registered nursing (RN) license through a bachelor's degree program, you must submit Leadership and Community Health Nursing BSN equivalency essays (see the application instructions for details).

Additional Applicant Requirements if Admitted to the DNP Program

If you are admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, there are a few additional requirements that must be completed before you matriculate into the program.  You must:

  • Complete a background check through Verified Credentials
  • Within 5 years of matriculating into the DNP program, completion of an approved 3 quarter credit basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of at least 2.0
  • Have an active, unrestricted Washington State RN license; if you hold an ARNP license, that must also be active and unrestricted in Washington State (this includes international applicants)
  • Have one of the following:
    • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
    • an associate degree or diploma from an accredited RN program, and a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field
    • a Master of Nursing degree from an accredited nursing program

Required Application Materials

  1. DNP application instructions
  2. DNP application checklist
  3. Online DNP application, including the School of Nursing Graduate School Application Supplemental Form
  4. Current resume
  5. 3 letters of recommendation
  6. Responses to the admissions questions
  7. Completed Background Check, Authorization for Repeat Checks, and Dissemination of Results form
  8. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended; foreign transcripts must include translated evaluations
  9. Copies of English competency (reading, writing, and comprehension, as well as spoken) scores, if applicable
  10. BSN equivalency essays (if you have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree; see instructions for prompts)