To be considered for admission to the Elms College DNP program, the ideal candidate will have met the following admission criteria. The following documents must be submitted with the completed application in order to be considered for admission.

Elms College School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program has two pathways for entry:

  • The BS to DNP (baccalaureate degree in nursing to doctor of nursing practice)is a projected three year full-time study program encompassing approximately 80 credits of required coursework; 1,000 hours of required clinical and immersion experiences; and distinguished completion of a capstone scholarly experience that builds toward the achievement of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing(AACN) DNP Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and nurse practitioner competencies.
  • The MSN to DNP program is for students who have a master’s degree in nursing and are seeking to be an advanced practice nurse. The course of study will be approximately 70 credits for coursework; 1,000 hours of required clinical and immersion experiences; and distinguished completion of a capstone scholarly experience that builds toward the achievement of the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and nurse practitioner competencies.


To be considered for admission to Elms College DNP Program, the ideal candidate will have met the following criteria and requirements for Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Masters entry:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree or a Master of Science degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a a completed Elms College DNP application and professional portfolio that
  • includes:Curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing (for Post-Baccalaureate entry),or a masters degree in nursing (for Post-Masters entry).
  • A copy of current Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse without restrictions.
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to the candidate’s academic ability and clinical practice.
  • References included with the application packet are to be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
  • Two letters should address professional competency
    • One letter should be completed by a current or former supervisor who has had direct knowledge of applicant’s clinical practice in a practice setting.
    • One letter should address the candidate’s personal character.
  • Statement of Purpose: (500-700 words written in APA format) The Statement of Purpose is an important part of the application process for admission because it offers you an opportunity to expand your professional and academic background.  Write an essay that identifies your interest and goals as a future family nurse practitioner or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner prepared at the doctoral level.  Discuss how you intend to apply this specialized education to your future practice.
  • A telephone and or in-person interview may be required and will be determined on a case by case basis.

Application Fee

There is a one-time, non-refundable, application fee of $30. Please make checks payable to Elms College.

Application for Admission Deadline

The deadline for early acceptance applications for post-baccalaureate and post-masters candidates is due on January 4, 2017.  For post-baccalaureate and post-masters candidates, please should submit applications by May 15, 2017.  Applications received after the May deadline may be considered for the following academic year if seats are full.

Submission of DNP Application

Please note that the applicant’s signature is required in order for the application to be considered complete.The application, fee and application documents for the DNP program are to be submitted directly to:

Elms College School of Graduate and Professional Studies
DNP Program – Admissions
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013


The School of Graduate and Professional Studies recommends you familiarize yourself with individual graduate programs, their requirements, and other pertinent information contained in the graduate student catalog.

All applications are reviewed by members of the DNP Program Committee.

Acceptance letters with enrollment forms are issued by the Elms College School of Nursing DNP Program. Early acceptance letters will be mailed by January 30, 2017.

Records and Confidentiality

Any and all information submitted with this Application for Admission becomes the property of Elms College. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974,your application materials will be kept confidential within the confines of Elms College. For further information regarding FERPA, please see the graduate student catalog.

Financial Aid for the DNP Program

Students may be eligible for financial aid through student loan programs. To learn more, visit

Elms College Office of Financial Aid can assist students with information on loans, grants and scholarships. Call the Office of Financial Aid to receive information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at (413) 265-2249. You may also go directly to the FAFSA website at to apply. Elms College’s school code is 002140. The FAFSA does not apply to International Students.

Many business and healthcare organizations may assist in funding through employee tuition reimbursement programs. Check with your Human Resources office.

International Students

International students, who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens, must submit an F-1 Visa Request Form and supporting documents. For those students whose native language is not English, the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Elms College’s board number for the TOEFL exam is 3283. For further information, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education 413-265-2445.

International Student Admission

International students are encouraged to apply to the Elms College graduate programs. International applicants must score at least 550 on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts. In addition to the usual application materials, international applicants must complete a “Foreign Student Application Package” and abide by all relevant immigration regulations.

Transfer Credits

Students requesting to transfer credit from another graduate nursing program must submit a completed Transfer Credit Prior Approval Form along with a copy of the course syllabus and course grade transcript for review by the DNP administration and faculty. Upon review, the DNP administration and faculty may determine that the credit is not suitable for transfer into the Elms College School of Nursing DNP Program. A maximum of 12 graduate credits may, if deemed suitable, be transferred to the Elms College School of Nursing DNP Program. A minimum course grade of B (3.0) is required for transfer credit.


Upon acceptance of the applicant, the student will meet with an assigned advisor to develop their program of study.