DNP Program

Admission to the DNP Program

Criteria for DNP Program entry with MSN degree:

  • Master’s degree in nursing (or other field) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA for graduate work is preferred.
  • An unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state where you plan to do clinical practica.
  • Undergraduate or graduate statistics course
  • Certification:
    • Nurse Administrator applicants-national certification is desired but not required.
    • APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) applicants with the following certifications: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in their areas of specialty (as appropriate).
    • Applicants without national certification (e.g. MSN in Nursing Education) will be individually evaluated and must submit evidence of their specialty expertise.
  • Current CPR and health records
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Interview. After the initial review of the application, applicants may be contacted for an interview.
  • Technology Requirements. James Madison University School of Nursing considers the Internet communication link an essential learning resource for doctoral students. DNP students will be required to have a home computer, printer and Internet service provider that has high speed broadband Internet access and webcam technology.
  • For international students, provide evidence of passing grade on CGFNS exam (both parts) or IELFS score of at least 7.0, apply for VA RN license (TOEFL 570 required). Contact program director for more information.

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

The Two-Part Application Process

  1. Apply to The Graduate School
    • After completing the Graduate School application, download a screen shot of your application fee receipt and save it as a PDF file, then upload to NURSINGCAS as directed in the instructions outlined in step 2 (below)
  2. Apply to NURSINGCAS
    • Submit all required documents.
    • DO NOT submit these within the JMU Graduate School application.

Required Documents to be submitted in application process

  • Certification
  • CV/Resume
  • License
  • Personal Statement (APA Format, 500 words or less):
    1. Why you are choosing this particular program of study;
    2. Your plans upon completion of the doctoral degree; and,
    3. How your work and life experiences will enhance your success in this DNP Program.
  • References
  • Letters of Recommendation. Strong professional references from three persons are required: one (1) academic reference, one (1) from a current clinical supervisor, and a third reference either academic or clinical. Reference should be current, from within the last two (2) years. Applicants are strongly encouraged to select a doctorally prepared nurse as one of the three recommenders. Reference contact information is entered in the CAS application system. An email request will automatically be sent to the referer on your behalf.