DNP Application/Admission Criteria

Application

Pitt Nursing accepts applications for admission to all graduate programs via Apply Yourself. Each applicant must complete and submit the following:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00
  2. Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate education (sent by the institution at which courses were taken)
  3. Official GRE Scores (per Admission Criteria)  
  4. Three letters of professional recommendation indicating the reviewer’s support of the student’s ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program. At least one recommendation should come from a current or recent direct supervisor. Before you submit your application, ask your references in which form they wish to submit their recommendation -- by paper or electronically. For both paper and electronic submission of recommendation letters, please follow the instructions outlined on Apply Yourself.
  5. Personal essay stating one’s philosophy of nursing, reasons for wanting to study in a particular major or concentration, expectation of the DNP program, and future career goals. This should include a proposed area of interest for the DNP project.
  6. Current CV or resume

Admission

You may apply to the DNP program at various points in your educational career. The school offers both BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP tracks; your choice will depend upon which degrees were previously earned and which majors/concentrations are selected. 

Students, who are currently enrolled in their last term of a BSN program, may apply to the BSN to DNP focus areas which do not require clinical experience. If offered admission, it would be contingent on the student’s (1) successful completion of the BSN and (2) obtainment of the RN license in Pennsylvania.

BSN-prepared students, who are currently enrolled in their last term of a MSN or MS program in a related focus, may apply to the MSN to DNP. If offered admission, it would be contingent on the student’s (1) successful completion of the MSN or MS in a related focus and (2) fulfillment of all admission criteria.

Admission Criteria

BSN to DNP

  • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
  • ≥ 3.0 GPA in BSN (from ACEN [NLN], ACICS, or CCNE accredited program)
  • GRE: Verbal & Quantitative sections ( competitive score), Analytical Writing  ( ≥ 3)
  • Pre-requisite statistics course within the last 10 years with a grade of B- or better
  • Clinical experience for select focus areas**

MSN to DNP

  • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
  • ≥ 3.0 GPA in MSN (from an accredited program) or master’s in related field (must have BSN from accredited program)
  • GRE: Verbal & Quantitative sections ( competitive score), Analytical Writing ( ≥ 3)
        (may be waived if MSN or master’s in related field GPA ≥ 3.5)
  • Pre-requisite statistics course within the last 10 years with a grade of B- or better
  • Clinical experience for select focus areas**
  • Nurse Anesthesia (additional requirements)
    1) current Nurse Anesthetist certification in US state/territory or locale where student will complete the DNP Scholarly Project 
    2) Minimum of 3.0 GPA in MSN or MS in Nurse Anesthesia from an accredited program

**Clinical Experience for Select Focus Areas

  • Neonatal NP: Equivalent of 2 years full time (within last 5 years) nursing care of critically ill newborns, infants, and children in critical care inpatient settings (preferably Level III NICU) Students may enroll in pre-clinical courses while obtaining practice experience
  • Health Systems Executive Leadership: 2 years management experience preferred.
  • Nurse Anesthesia BSN to DNP:
    Minimum 1 year full-time ICU/critical care nursing experience (within last 5 years) by start of program (may apply if employed in ICU/critical care and will have required experience before admission term)
  • Nurse-Midwife: One year nursing experience in a Labor and Delivery unit preferred, but will consider applicants demonstrating other interest/experience in women’s health.

Degree Program Application Deadlines

Tuition and Fees
  
Beginning Fall 2017, out-of-state tuition rates for online cohorts will match the in-state rate.

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