FAQs

I'm applying through the UW Graduate School, but the cohort year I'm applying for isn't visible. What should I do?

Contact Student and Academic Services at 206.543.8736 or asknursing@uw.edu and we will help walk you through the application process.

Does applying for an early DNP admissions decision mean I will begin my program of study early?

No. As long as you meet the contingencies to begin DNP study after successful completion of the ABSN program, you will begin DNP study in autumn quarter with the other DNP track cohorts.

Is there an application fee?

There is no fee to apply to the School of Nursing, but you will pay a fee to apply to the UW Graduate School and, if offered admission to the ABSN program, you will pay a fee to apply as a post-baccalaureate applicant.

Can I apply to both DNP Community Health Nursing and DNP Nurse-Midwifery?

Yes! You will need to submit two separate applications to the UW Graduate School, one for each DNP track.

What if I want to apply to a different DNP track?

Early DNP admissions decisions for ABSN applicants are only available for our Community Health Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery DNP tracks. Current ABSN students can apply to other DNP tracks winter quarter of their program of study by the mid-January deadline.

I’m creating an application through the UW Grad School and my DNP cohort year is not visible. What should I do?

Contact Student and Academic Services at 206.543.8736 or asknursing@uw.edu and an SAS staff member will help you with the application process.

Can I use the same recommendation letter for my ABSN and DNP applications?

You can use the same person to write one letter for each program, but not the same letter. Each program has a separate set of questions that need to be addressed.

Does this mean I have to submit four different recommendation letters?

Yes.

Can I use the same resume for both the ABSN and DNP application?

No. The ABSN and DNP applications have different review criteria that must be addressed, resulting in two different versions of your resume.

Can I use the same transcripts/evaluations for both the ABSN and DNP application?

Yes. You can upload a digital copy of your transcripts to both the ABSN and DNP applications.

Who will review the ABSN and DNP applications?

BSN Admissions Committee and DNP Admissions Committee will review the ABSN and DNP applications, respectively, during autumn quarter.

Can I be admitted to the DNP and not the ABSN?

No. An offer of admission to the DNP program is contingent on an offer of admission to the ABSN if you are applying to both programs concurrently.

If I am accepted into the DNP program, can I transfer to another DNP track?

No. You must reapply to the DNP program in the track of your choice by the January deadline.

What if I don’t pass the NCLEX the first time? Can I defer the start of my DNP program?

No. You would need to reapply to the DNP program the following January.

What if I want to take time off (e.g., work, vacation) between programs? Can I defer my start date into graduate study?

If you do not want to start the autumn quarter immediately following successful completion of the ABSN program, you would need to reapply to the DNP program the following January. Deferrals are not allowed.

What requirements do I have to meet in order to start the DNP program? What happens if I don’t?

You must meet the following requirements in order to continue from ABSN study into DNP study:

  • Good academic standing
  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
  • Active, unrestricted Washington state RN license
  • Completion of a statistics course within five years of beginning the DNP program
  • All School of Nursing compliance items are up to date
If these requirements are not met, our offer of admission to the DNP program is automatically forfeited. You will need to reapply to the DNP program the following January.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

Call or email Student and Academic Services at 206.543.8736 or asknursing@uw.edu. An SAS staff member will be happy to answer additional questions about the programs and application process.