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Admissions Criteria for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice

1. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). Two years of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.

2. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (and master’s degree if applicable) from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent). Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

3. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate Statistics course.

4. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Doctoral program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential. Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.

5. Resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.

6. An essay of a maximum of 1000 words that addresses the following:

  • Discuss a person, incident, or experience in your life that impacted your decision to become an advanced practice nurse who will care for a diverse population of patients.
  • All students contribute to the creation of a diverse and inclusive environment when diversity is defined most broadly. Whether by a personal attribute, characteristic, culture, experience, or behavior, please tell us how you believe you will contribute to the diversity of the profession and the mission of Walsh University.
  • Describe how your personal strengths, experiences, and aptitude will contribute to your success in graduate school (community service, leadership experience, nursing experience).
  • Explain the academic challenges, success, or obstacles in your life that impacted the ability to achieve your goals.
  • Describe how the DNP degree will impact your practice as a clinical leader.

7. Confirmation of clinical hours completed in Master's program.

*Based on submitted admission materials, the graduate admissions committee may require an interview.

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