The priority deadline for the DNP program will be 11:59 p.m. on January 15. The second deadline is May 1.

Please note that many tracks are highly competitive and will likely fill their cohorts after the January deadline. Admission after the January 15 deadline is on a space-available basis.

Application checklist

We do not require the GRE for any of our graduate program applications.

All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadline:

  1. Complete and submit our online application
  2. Order transcripts from each college or university you have ever attended
    • We accept unofficial transcripts, but you must submit official transcripts if you are admitted and enroll in the DNP program
    • If you earned a degree from a school, that degree must appear on the transcript with the date it was conferred
    • If you earned a degree from a school outside of the United States, upload an official transcript translated to English and include a detailed credential/transcript evaluation
    • You do not need to include a foreign transcript if you attended a foreign university through a study abroad program and the credits appear on your school’s transcript
  3. Resume
  4. 2024 admissions essays (prompts are subject to change) — 500 words maximum per essay

    1. Indicate the track for which you are applying. Please explain why you are interested in this particular role.
    2. Describe significant experiences that have contributed to your interest in pursuing a clinical doctorate (the Doctor of Nursing Practice – DNP degree) at the University of Washington (UW). Specify outcomes you wish to gain from graduate/doctoral study above and beyond preparation for a specific role (e.g., clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, population health nurse) discussed in Essay #1.
    3. Dr. Grant, President of the American Nurses Association, states that inequities in the United States are “the most important moral challenge of the 21st century” (ANA 2020 New Releases[JHT1]). The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 emphasizes the roles of nurses in advancing health equity in the United States (The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity: Reports Highlights Podcast Episode 2: Health Equity (24:12). Multiple forms of systemic oppression (e.g., structural racism, sexism, classism, or nativism) create inequitable access to and distribution of resources needed to attain optimal health among groups. What do you view as your role and responsibilities as a health care provider and as a member of the nursing profession in addressing systemic inequity in the US or worldwide? Please support your statements and perspectives with scholarly or credible resources/references, preferably within the last 5 years.
    4. Briefly describe a situation in which a team you were or are on did not work effectively to meet the healthcare outcome(s) of a patient/client, group, or population served. Reflect on what you as a team member have done differently and describe an alternative approach.
  5. Optional statement
    • You may use an optional statement to explain if you think your transcripts, resume, or admissions essay responses do not accurately reflect your abilities and preparedness for the DNP program, if you have breaks in education or employment, or if you wish to share instances where you achieved academic merit despite significant obstacles, if you are a first-generation graduate student, or if your academics, scholarship, and research promote cultural diversity
  6. Statistics course information
  7. Nurse licensure information (if applicable)
  8. Three letters of recommendation
  9. Proof of English proficiency if English is not your first language