Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) admission criteria

Application Deadlines

Applicants for the Doctor of Nursing Practice are considered for admission for fall semesters only, and all required application materials must be received in Graduate Admissions office and the DNP program prior to application review. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible with applications being reviewed on a rolling basis until August 1. Applications may be reviewed after August 1 if capacity remains.

Admission Requirements for the Post-Master’s DNP Program.

All applications are holistically reviewed based on the completed application package.

The DNP program does not accept transfer credits from other institutions; accordingly, 100% of the credits for the DNP degree will be earned at Marshall University.

The DNP program is available to a limited number of qualified applicants. Admission is determined on a competitive basis. To be eligible for initial consideration for admission to the program, applicants must submit a completed application with all the following elements directly to Graduate Admissions:

  1. Completed Marshall University Graduate Application,
  2. Under degree program look for Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  3. Pay Non-Refundable Graduate School application fee.
  4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary education programs attended.
  5. Official transcripts with degree posted, from degree-granting institution, documenting a Master’s Degree in Nursing with either a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurses Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist focus from an accepted, accredited institution with a professionally accredited nursing program. Required cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the master’s degree.
  6. Submission of two Professional References
    1. At least one reference from an academic course
  7. Submission of a current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
    1. Should include education, work, and volunteer activities, licensures, and other certifications, awards, professional organization, etc.
  8. Statement of professional goals
    1. Describe reasons for applying to the MSN-DNP program, speak to specific areas of interest and potential ideas for MSN-DNP project.

Applicants must submit the following elements directly to the DNP program:

  1. Verified 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in the Master’s Degree in Nursing program.
    1. Verification form can be downloaded by clicking the link.
    2. Applicants who have not graduated from Master’s Degree in Nursing will be required to submit the verification form upon graduation from the Master’s Degree program no later than August 1.
    3. Applicants with less than 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in the Master’s Degree Nursing program may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Evidence of a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. jurisdiction where the applicant plans to complete DNP clinical.
  3. Evidence of current certification and license as an Advanced Practice Nurse in a U.S. jurisdiction where the applicant plans to complete DNP clinical. If pending or recent graduation from accredited Master’s in Nursing program, license and certification must be completed by end of the first semester in the DNP program.
  4. Both RN and APRN licensure must be in the jurisdiction where the applicant plans to complete D.N.P. clinical hours.
  • Successful applicants are not fully admitted to the DNP program until they provide the following:
    1. Successful completion of a background check from an agency approved by the program
    2. Successful completion of drug screen from an agency approved by the program
    3. Documentation of immunizations and labs required by the program
  • For more information refer to the DNP Student Handbook DNP Student Handbook

Applicants for the Post-Master’s DNP must submit the documentation to the Graduate Admissions office and to the DNP program, as outlined above, to be considered for admission:

Marshall University
Graduate Admissions
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303-1600
304-696-4723 or 304-746-1901
304-696-4723 ext-61900
Fax: 304-746-1902

Marshall University
College of Health Professions
DNP Program
Prichard Hall, Room 411
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755


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