Application Information


Applicants for the DNP Program must have:

• a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited nursing program and regionally accredited college or university,
• an overall GPA on all college work attempted of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
• a minimum overall nursing GPA or 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

For advanced practice nurse applicants, requirements also include:
Completion of a nationally accredited Master of Science in Nursing Program meeting the AANC 2011 Master’s Essentials, national advanced practice certification, and graduate transcripts evaluated for equivalence to WVU School of Nursing courses in:

1. Advanced Pathophysiology
2. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
3. Advanced Health Assessment
4. Research Process/statistics
5. Quality & Safety
6. Informatics
7. Nursing Theory

For applicants who are pursuing a DNP with a leadership focus, requirements include:  Completion of a nationally accredited Master of Science in Nursing Program meeting the AANC 2011 Master’s Essentials, and graduate transcripts evaluated for equivalence to WVU School of Nursing courses in:
1. Research Process/statistics
2. Quality & Safety
3. Informatics
4. Nursing Theory

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

Apply To WVU

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a Fall term start date.

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Click on the Apply Now button above.

  1. Please select the following options on the New Application screen:
    • Type of Student: Professional
    • 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 statement.
  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 Delligatti.
Caitlin Delligatti
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.