DNP Application Process

DNP student applying

Students who are applying to the program should ensure that all requirements and materials are received in order to be reviewed by the admission committee.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance early in the spring semester so that they can plan to attend the on-campus orientation and summer session.  All accepted applicants must submit a $1000.00 non-refundable Hold My Seat fee which will be applied to the graduation fee upon completion of the program.

Contact us if you have questions about the program or the application process.

Application Checklist

Please review these instructions prior to completion of the application. 

Dates

Students begin this program in cohort groups, in Summer Session I. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as applications are complete and all supporting documentation has been received, applicants are reviewed by the DNP Admission Review Board and notified of the admission decision.

Interview

An interview should be scheduled with the Program Director in the summer or fall as you are preparing your application. A telephone interview can be arranged if distance precludes an on-site interview. Villanova's website has directions to campus and downloadable maps if you need them. 

Application packet

The following items comprise the complete application packet.

  • Completed Online Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Application fee (see below)
  • Letter of Recommendation from three professional contacts (see below)
  • Interview with program faculty
  • Essay (described below)
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education
  • Copy of advanced practice license (for APRNs)
  • Copy of National certification for APRNs and Nurse Administrators
  • Evidence of scholarly writing (e.g. publication, grant, thesis, report, term paper or equivalent.

Submit completed online application with required documents to the DNP Program Office. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as applications are complete and all supporting documentation has been received, applicants are reviewed by the DNP Admission Review Board and notified of the admission decision.

Recommendations

Letter of Recommendation forms should be submitted on your behalf from three professional contacts who are able to speak to your potential as a nurse scholar. A recommendation from a doctorally prepared nurse as one of the three references is strongly recommended.

Essay

The essay consists of two (2) parts:

  1. A personal reflection should be submitted that addresses the following: rationale for selecting this particular doctoral program; description of your role aspirations; and what you expect to derive from doctoral study.
  2. Identify a healthcare issue that could be the basis for your DNP project. Discuss the issues as it reflects DNP Essentials [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Retrieved from DNP Essentials.

GRE

Not required.

Official Transcripts

An official transcript from every previous college and school attended is to be sent directly to the Nursing DNP office using the address listed below.

Application fee (non-refundable)

The application requires a fee of seventy dollars ($70.00) payable in U.S. funds when application is submitted. Check or money order should be made payable to Villanova University.

Mailing

All correspondence concerning application to the DNP Program in Nursing should be mailed to the following address:

Doctoral Program - Doctor of Nursing Practice
Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
319 Driscoll Hall
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1690

Contact us if you have questions about the program or the application process.

Upon acceptance background check directions will be provided.

Prerequisites

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Administrator applicants must have a master’s degree in nursing with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  APRNs must hold current and unrestricted licensure in nursing in a jurisdiction of the United States and hold a current and unrestricted Advanced Practice Nursing License as a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or a Certified Nurse-Midwife.  APRN applicants are required to have a national certification in their advanced practice specialty. Nurse Administrators must hold current and unrestricted licensure in nursing in a jurisdiction of the United States. Nurse Administrators are required to have a national certification in nursing administration.  Applicants should have taken a college level nursing research course and received a grade of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must be currently be employed and working a minimum of part-time in their field.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing offers several scholarship opportunities for interested DNP candidates and current students.

Additional Information

 FAQs
Plan of Study
Distance Learning Requirements

Contact us

Questions?

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
610.519.8337 debra.shearer@villanova.edu

Rachel N'Diaye
DNP Program Assistant
610.519.4914 rachel.ndiaye@villanova.edu

Questions about Finanical Assistance?