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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission Requirements

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Priority deadline for applications is February 1st however rolling applications are accepted.  Admission to the program is based on academic ability and professional licensure.  Students enter the program beginning Fall semester and may complete the 32 credit requirements within three semesters, including Summer semester.  A part-time option is available with completion of the 32 credit requirements within six semesters.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $50 application fee
  • One-page (APA format) essay answering one of the following questions (200 words or less):
    • Why is the IOM Future of Nursing Report (October 2010) important to the DNP prepared APRN?
    • How do you see yourself, as a DNP prepared APRN, bringing about a systems or policy change to lead an interdisciplinary team within your organization?
    • Do you think that requiring a DNP degree will further increase the primary care provider shortage in the United States?
  • Two professional recommendations which speak to applicant’s ability to be successful in the DNP. This might include comments regarding clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, and collaborative skills, leadership, etc.
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities showing proof of MS earned from an accredited school of nursing, as well as a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current unencumbered APRN license in the State of Utah
  • Proof of current national board certification
  • Background check, drug screen with satisfactory results
  • Proof of immunization status required upon admission
  • Only required if admitted: Documentation of current immunizations (including MMR, TDAP, PPD, polio, varicella/chickenpox, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B)

Upon completion of the application file with all required documentation, according to application dates, the individual’s application materials are submitted to the DNP Admissions Committee for review. A personal interview with DNP faculty will be arranged by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Once accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, applicants must submit $250 tuition deposit within 30 days, which guarantees a place in the entering class.  Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than date specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates.