Application Information

The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations.

This is a 32-36 credit post-MSN program that can be completed in seven to ten semesters depending on the progression plan. Additional clinical and capstone credits may be required to meet program objectives.

Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students.

Graduate students should plan for a minimum of one classroom hour per registered credit per week and three outside hours of preparation per registered credit per week (e.g. 5 credits = 5 classroom hours/week, 15 outside hours/week = 20 hours/week.) This rule should be taken into consideration when planning work and school time.


Applicants must have:

  • a master's degree in nursing or health-related field from a nationally accredited college or university,
  • an overall grade point average on all college work attempted of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • a minimum overall nursing GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • an active, unrestricted RN license in at least one state at the time of application (and licensure in the state in which he or she plans to complete clinical immersion), and
  • advanced practice certification (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) from a national certifying body (new MSN graduates may be provisionally admitted with the requirement to obtain national certification before the end of the first semester of the program). View the certification list.

Requirements also include:

Completion of a nationally accredited Master of Science in Nursing Program.  Graduate transcripts will be evaluated to ensure students have met the AACN 2011 Master’s Essentials which require:

  1. Advanced Pathophysiology
  2. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  3. Advanced Health Assessment

Additionally, transcripts will be evaluated via a gap analysis related to the Essentials to ensure completion of content in these areas:

  1. Research Process/statistics
  2. Quality & Safety
  3. Informatics
  4. Nursing Theory

Note: Admission criteria are subject to change.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

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The application period for the Fall term will open on October 1st and close on January 1st with a transcript deadline of January 15th.

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Click on the Apply Now button above.

  1. Please select the following options on the New Application screen:
    • Program Delivery Method: Online
    • Type of Student: Doctorate
    • Which Program: Nursing DNP
  2. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Professional goals statement. View the guidelines on writing the essay.
  3. Applicants must also provide three professional references who can address the applicant’s likelihood for success in graduate work. You will list your references, with their email addresses, on the Recommendations screen. Your references will receive an email from Hobsons with an electronic form.


Complete Application Checklist

Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.

Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

Request an official transcript of records from each college or university attended. 

  1. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to
  2. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent directly to: WVU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. 
  3. Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES).  Please request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).



The Graduate Admissions Committee will meet in early March to review all qualified applicants. Decisions will be emailed to students by the first week of April. Acceptance is dependent upon space available in the program, and the most qualified applicants are accepted.

Students will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Nursing GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Professional Writing Statement Score
  • Overall GPA
  • Professional recommendations

In programs with limited capacity and competitive admissions, the most qualified students are selected among those that meet the minimum requirements. Students who want to appeal the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Committee decision as unfair, arbitrary, or capricious may contact the Director of Admissions and Enrollment for the School of Nursing. The request will be forwarded to the committee for consideration, and the student will receive detailed information regarding the formal appeal process.

Contact info for Director of Admissions and Enrollment:

A photo of Caitlin Rexrode.
Caitlin Rexrode
West Virginia University
Program Director, Office of Student Services




Students are required to attend an online orientation session prior to the beginning of the summer session where they will learn about the program and meet with their advisors.