DNP Program

Frequently Asked Questions

DNP Admission Process

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Do I have to apply to the JMU graduate school and the School of Nursing as separate applications?

Yes – you must apply to the Graduate School in order to be admitted to JMU and the DNP program. Additionally, you must also apply through the NursingCAS system. https://www.nursing.jmu.edu/dnp/admission.html

Do I have to submit letters of recommendation and original transcripts with both the NursingCAS application and Graduate School application?

No. You must submit emails of the people who will complete your recommendation and original transcripts as part of the NursingCAS application. You do not need to also submit letters of recommendation and original transcripts with the Graduate School application. If you are offered admission to the DNP program, then you will need to send original transcripts to the JMU Graduate School prior to the start of classes.

Who should complete my recommendations?

You must submit three (3) people’s contact information that will complete your recommendation as part of the NursingCAS application. You do not need to submit the letters of recommendation with the Graduate School application. Letters are best from prior supervisors/employers, university professors, and/or healthcare team members whom you have worked with in a professional capacity. Letters of recommendation from friends or family members are highly discouraged.

Is an interview required?

Yes, the DNP Coordinator and at least 1 other DNP Faculty member will participate in an admission interview. The interview is scheduled via email communication with the DNP Coordinator and may be conducted at any time during the application process.

When does the program begin?

JMU offers rolling admissions – meaning that we are constantly accepting applications and accepting students to begin the program at the beginning of Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

The DNP Program

How long is the program of study?

We offer full-time and part-time plans of study. A typical part-time plan of study spans 7 semesters with a full-time plan of study taking 4-5 semesters based on Individualized background and the number of practicum/clinical hours obtained post BSN prior to enrollment in the DNP Program.

Who teaches in the program?

Meet our faculty and learn about their interests on our JMU DNP Difference page.

Is there an option for transfer of graduate credits?

Transfer, waive and substitute credits are possible and are granted based on individual review of credits/courses taken.

Am I able to work while in the DNP program?

A flexible, fully online format allows students to work full time. Most students who work full-time enroll in the DNP program part-time.