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DNP Program Admission Requirements

BSN-DNP Applicants

All materials must be received by the application deadline.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing :A BSN degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACNE); OR
  • Meet BSN Graduation Requirements: Applicants who apply to the DNP program while in the last year of their BSN program must demonstrate they meet graduation requirements.
  • Nursing Clinical Experience: A minimum of one year of employment as a registered nurse in a clinical setting is preferred.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all schools attended must be sent directly to the WSSU Admissions Office in a sealed institutional envelope. WSSU students and graduates will need to submit official WSSU transcripts.
  • GPA: Applicants holding or completing the BSN degree must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0-point scale on BSN courses completed. Students must also demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.00 for the last 60 hours of course work leading to the BSN degree and a minimum of 3.2/4.00 on all courses completed beyond the baccalaureate level.
  • GRE or MAT Scores: Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (general test only) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within the past 5 years. If you are sending your GRE test scores, the WSSU school code is 5909. If you are sending your MAT test scores, the WSSU school code is 2661.
  • Nursing License: An active North Carolina RN license at the time of admission/ enrollment.
  • Curriculum Vita: Submit a curriculum vita or resume reflecting education and professional work experiences, awards, honors and other achievements.
  • BSN-DNP Essay: Submit 1000 words maximum. Comment on your current area of practice, a population of special interest to you and/or a particular concern of interest that you might pursue with your DNP experience. This should include a population and clinical diagnosis of interest, for example, persons over 75 years of age with diabetes.
  • Prerequisite: A 3-credit hour statistics and research course taken within 5 years from an accredited college/university.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: A letter is required from a doctoral-prepared academician, a supervisor in an employment setting, and a practicing RN or APN familiar with the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
  • Interview: Following preliminary review of all required admission materials, an interview may be required by the DNP Admission Committee.
  • Criminal Background Check and 12 Panel Drug Screen is required upon admission to the program: A state/federal criminal background check and 12 panel drug screen are required for all students admitted to the program. Costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the student applicant.
  • Optional- Scholarship Application: DNP students are encouraged to apply for scholarships/traineeships. Students applying for scholarships are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form with the WSSU Office of Financial Aid

MSN-DNP Applicants

All materials must be received by the application deadline.

  • Master of Science in Nursing: A Master’s degree with a major in advanced practice nursing FNP from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.(ACNE) OR
  • Meet MSN Graduation Requirements: Applicants who apply while in the last year of their graduate program must demonstrate they meet graduation requirements.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all schools attended, both undergraduate and graduate, must be sent directly to the WSSU Admissions Office in a sealed institutional envelope. WSSU students and graduates will need to submit official WSSU transcripts.
  • GPA: Applicants must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater (4.0-point scale) on MSN courses completed.
  • GRE or MAT Scores: Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (general test only) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within the past 5 years. If you are sending your GRE test scores, the WSSU school code is 5909. If you are sending your MAT test scores, the WSSU school code is 2661.
  • Nursing License: An active North Carolina RN license and APRN license (or ability to obtain licensure).
  • Curriculum Vita: Submit a curriculum vita or resume reflecting education, professional work experiences, awards, honors and other achievements.
  • DNP Essay: Submit an essay of approximately 1000 words (see DNP Essay Guidelines).
  • Prerequisite: A 3-credit hour graduate statistics and graduate level research course taken within 5 years from an accredited college/university before matriculation into the DNP program.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: A letter is required from a doctoral-prepared academician, a supervisor in an employment setting, and a practicing RN or APN familiar with the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
  • Interview: Following preliminary review of all required admission materials, an interview is required by the DNP Admission Committee.
  • Criminal Background Check and 12 Panel Drug Screen is required once admitted to the program. A state/federal criminal background check and 12 panel drug screen are required for all students admitted to the program. Costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the student applicant.
  • Optional- Scholarship Application: DNP students are encouraged to apply for scholarships/traineeships. Students applying for scholarships are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form with the WSSU Office of Financial Aid

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