Although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, the following are requirements for admission:

  • Master’s degree in an advanced nursing practice specialty (Nursing Education is not eligible)
  • Current U.S. RN license and certification in an advanced nursing practice role
  • NursingCAS online application that includes:
    • Personal statement that includes short and long-term goals after completion of the DNP program (loaded into provided NursingCAS text box)
    • Resume or curriculum vitae (added as NursingCAS attachment)
    • Three letters of recommendation; one from each of the following: supervisor, faculty, colleague
  • DNP Translational Research Project proposal (1000 words or less): An identified evidence-based practice problem that articulates the research interest, questions and goal for the project. Proposal should identify problem from applicant's practice setting with a focus on improving quality of health care delivery in patient population or organizational system. Proposal should link project to achievement of career goals. (Email as a Microsoft Word document or .pdf to Laura Adams at
  • Graduate Precepted Clinical Hours Form to be completed by university official from Master's and / or Post-master's program
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Interview (by invitation only)
  • Cumulative master’s level GPA of 3.3 or higher and master’s level science GPA of 3.0 or higher

TOEFL score for applicants whose native language is not English (waived if a bachelor’s degree or higher was completed in a university where English is the primary language of instruction).

All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be accompanied by an official World Education Services evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants who are interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, should download and review these FAQs.

Admissions Contact

Laura Adams
(202) 687-3203 phone
(202) 687-3703 fax    

121 St. Mary's Hall
Box 571107
3700 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057-1107


The fall 2015 application cycle is now open. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the final deadline of April 15.