The Catholic University of America

  Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions Requirements

The Catholic University School of Nursing employs a "whole person" philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the DNP program.

The applicant's potential for success is evaluated in a variety of ways including:

Post-Masters DNP Applicants

  1. Earned baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing, from an accredited program or school, with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher from degree program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:
    • Statement of reason(s) for seeking the D.N.P. degree. 
    • A writing sample that discusses a proposed topic of interest for an evidenced-based practice project. Proposed topic may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problems, or area of clinical research that the applicant will address while in the program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format.
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • Copy of license (as an RN and advanced practice license, if applicable) from at least one state.
    • Certification in an advanced practice specialty. (Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for applicants whose proposed plan of study incorporates completion of an advanced practice post-master's certificate)
    • Narrative description of current and past clinical practice.
    • Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and at least one from a former employer).
    • Publications (if applicable)
  3. A graduate level statistics course completed within 5 years prior to program matriculation. Or, to be taken concurrently in first semester coursework.  In addition, graduate level coursework in Health Policy, Bioethics, Health Promotion are also required as part of the master's degree or as independent courses.

 

N.B. Applicants who are are concurrently seeking new preparation and eligibility for certification in an advanced practice population must have the approval of the Specialty Program Coordinator for enrollment in the post-master's certification component of their DNP.

Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

  1. Earned Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program or school, with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher from degree program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. Submission of a profession portfolio that includes:
    • Statement of reason for seeking the DNP degree. 
    • A writing sample that discusses a proposed topic of interest for an evidenced-based practice project. Proposed topic may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problems, or area of clinical research that the applicant will address while in the program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format.
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • Copy of RN license from at least one state.
    • Narrative description of current and past clinical practice.
    • Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and one from current or former employer)
    • Publications (if applicable)
  3. Meets the School of Nursing's Health-Related Behavioral Standards for clinical programs.

All students admitted to the program are required to submit a Graduate Health Form indicating they are able to participate in clinical practice.

International Students

There are additional test and documentation requirements for international students. These requirements are available online from the Admissions Office. The International Students and Scholar Services office has helpful information for international students.

Important Admissions Dates 

Fall Admission application deadline is July 15th

Fall Admission for International Students application deadline is July 1st.