Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission

Cohorts begin three times per year in the spring, summer, and fall.

  • Application Deadline for Spring Term Admission: October 1st or until cohort is filled
  • Application Deadline for Summer Term Admission: March 1st or until cohort is filled
  • Application Deadline for Fall Term Admission: June 15th or until cohort is filled

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Wilmington University offers two concentrations:

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN): requires current national board certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, i.e. Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist.

Note: APRNs will need to complete a total of 500 experiential engagement hours during the program.

  • Leadership (for Non-Advanced Practice Nurses): requires current employment in an advanced nursing practice specialty, i.e. nursing administration, executive leadership, health policy, informatics, or population health. National board certification (i.e. NEA-BC, CPHIMS) is preferred, but not required.

Note: non-APRNs will need to complete a total of 1,000 experiential engagement hours during the program.

Admission Requirements

For consideration and admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, applicants must submit the following:

  1. A Completed Doctoral Application

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required.

  1. Official Transcripts, reflecting the following:
  • A BSN degree, or a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and entry-level MSN from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited program.
  • A Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and/ or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a health related discipline (i.e. MPH, MBA, MHA) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Official Transcripts may be sent electronically or by mail, directly from the school of attendance, in a sealed envelope to:

Wilmington University
Office of Admissions
320 N Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Any transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require an official course-by-course evaluation by a approved agency.

  1. A Current Resume Curriculum Vitae

Please upload a current resume in either a word document or PDF in your Admissions Portal

  1. One Letter of Recommendation

All letters of recommendation should be:

  • from a doctorally prepared professional (i.e. DNP, Ph.D., Ed.D., MD, DO, PharmD), and
  • submitted on letterhead and sent directly from the recommender.

Recommendations are to be requested through your Admissions Portal.

Recommender's Instructions:

Please write candidly about the applicant's qualifications and potential to pursue a doctorate in nursing practice. Include the applicant's problem-solving ability, capacity for critical thinking, leadership potential, and ability to effect change in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. Descriptions of significant accomplishments and personal qualities related to nursing practice and leadership are particularly helpful.

  1. A Valid U.S. RN Licensure

Please upload a valid U.S. RN license as a PDF in your Admissions Portal

  1. An APRN Licensure and an APRN National Board Certification
  • Advanced Practice Concentration Applicants Only

Please upload both an APRN License and an APRN National Board Certification as separate PDFs in your Admissions Portal.

  1. An Essay

Please submit your essay in either a word document or PDF in your Admissions Portal.

Your answers must be typed and double-spaced. Both the content of your answers and your ability to write are being evaluated, so proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling are important.

A minimum of two peer-reviewed references from within the last five years must be utilized and cited in APA format.

Please respond to the following questions in a a 1,000-word essay:

  • How will earning a DNP contribute to your personal/professional goals and why are you interested in earning a DNP rather than another doctoral degree?
  • What professional experiences have prepared you for doctoral study?
  • Describe a particular area of interest that you believe can be improved as a result of an evidence-based doctoral project. Please also include any other research areas of interest.

*All referenced documents can be located in the Doctoral Application Materials document and submitted through your Admissions Portal.

This video will guide you through submitting documents through your Admissions Portal.

Only completed application packets will be considered.

International Doctoral Nursing Students

For admission to College of Health Professions, all international doctoral nursing students who do not have a RN license in the United States are required to take and receive a passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Exam. The CGFNS Qualifying Examination is a prerequisite for admission to the Doctoral Division. The examination is required by the state of Delaware and many others prior to taking the Registered Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX). The registration deadlines for these exams are several months prior to their administration. Early application is essential.

Application materials may be requested from:

3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19014-2651

Phone: (215) 349-8767


Click here for more information about international admission requirements.

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