The Catholic University Conway School of Nursing employs a "whole person" philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the online DNP program.

The applicant's potential for success is evaluated in a variety of ways including:

Post-Masters D.N.P. Applicants

  1. Earned baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing, from an accredited program or school, with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher from degree program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:
    -Statement of reason(s) for seeking the D.N.P. degree. 
    -A writing sample that discusses a proposed topic of interest for an evidenced-based practice project. Proposed topic may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problem, or area of clinical research that the applicant will address while in the program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format.
    -Curriculum vitae or resume.
    -Copy of license (as an RN and advanced practice license, if applicable) from at least one state.
    -Certification in an advanced practice specialty. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for applicants whose proposed plan of study incorporates completion of an advanced practice post-master's certificate.)
    -Narrative description of current and past clinical practice.
    -Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and at least one from a former employer).
    -Publications (if applicable).

N.B. Applicants who are concurrently seeking new preparation and eligibility for certification in an advanced practice population must have the approval of the Specialty Program Coordinator for enrollment in the post-master's certification component of their DNP.

Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

  1. Earned Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program or school, with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher from degree program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. Submission of a profession portfolio that includes:
    -Statement of reason for seeking the D.N.P. degree. 
    -A writing sample that discusses a proposed topic of interest for an evidenced-based practice project. Proposed topic may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problem, or area of clinical research that the applicant will address while in the program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format.
    -Curriculum vitae or resume.
    -Copy of RN license from at least one state.
    -Narrative description of current and past clinical practice.
    -Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and one from current or former employer)
    -Publications (if applicable)
  3. Meets the Conway School of Nursing's Health-Related Behavioral Standards for clinical programs.
All students admitted to the program are required to submit a Graduate Health Form indicating they are able to participate in clinical practice.