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
  • One of the following in-process or earned degrees:
    • a bachelor's degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
    • a Master of Nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • Completion of a 3-quarter credit basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics (completed within 5 years of matriculating into the DNP program)
  • Meeting Essential Behaviors for graduate students
  • If your native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency (including spoken English)
  • Have an active, unrestricted Washington State RN license by the time you matriculate into the DNP program; if you hold an ARNP license, that must also be active and unrestricted in Washington State
    • International applicants must have an active unrestricted US registered nursing (RN) license at the 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.

Required Application Materials

If you created your DNP application prior to August 11, 2015, you should DELETE that application and start over. The essay questions you need to respond to in the 2016 application are located in the DNP Application Instructions.
  1. DNP application instructions
  2. Online DNP application, including the School of Nursing Graduate School Application Supplemental Form
  3. Current resume
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. Responses to the admissions questions
  6. Completed Authorization for Background Check form
  7. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended; foreign transcripts must include translated evaluations
  8. Copies of English competency (reading, writing, and comprehension, as well as spoken) scores, if applicable