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Application availability & deadline

Applications are available starting in August, and are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Jan. 15 to begin study the following autumn.

Online essay

All DNP applicants who submit a complete application will receive a link to complete an online timed essay following the deadline. This must be completed within a set timeframe.

Please reserve a minimum of 20 minutes to complete the online essay.

If you apply to multiple DNP tracks,
you must complete an online essay for each track.

Essay process

Shortly following the application deadline, you will receive an email invitation to complete the essay responses. Click the link in your email invitation to create your online account.

If you apply to more than one DNP track, you will receive an invitation for each track you have applied to. Make sure your responses to the questions match each track’s invitation.

You will write two responses. Each question gives 2 minutes of preparation and 5 minutes to write your response for a total of 7 minutes each.

You will not receive the questions in advance and will have one chance to respond to each question.

Technical support

Please direct all interview technical support issues to InterviewStream at 877.773.3164 or support@rivs.com.

Minimum requirements and recommendations

  • It is recommended that you restart your computer or device within 24 hours of writing your essay.
  • If you do not wish to restart your computer or tablet, clear the cache of the internet browser you plan to use and close and re-launch your internet browser, or use a private/incognito window.
  • Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work best when completing this online essay.
  • If you will use a browser other than Chrome or Firefox, make sure Adobe Flash Player is up to date.
  • Use a browser that is up to date. Check your browser version by accessing the Help > About menu in your browser of choice.
  • Make sure your internet connection has a minimum download speed of at least 3 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of at least 1 Mbps. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection, minimize the number of obstructions between your internet router and your computer.