Admission Requirements

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

 Applicants with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing 

  • Elms College School of Nursing DNP Application for Admission form.
  • Earned Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • GAP 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:
    • Curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
    • Official transcripts from colleges/universities attended indicating completion of baccalaureate degree in nursing; include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
    • 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 are required.
    1. Two letters should address professional competency- one of which should be completed by a current or former supervisor who has had direct knowledge of applicant's clinical practice in a practice setting.
    2. One letter should address the candidate's personal character.
    3. All references are to be signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
    • A Purpose Statemen providing an essay of 500-700 words stating why you are applying to the DNP program and highlighting your professional career goals. This essay is to be typed in APA format.
    • A Writing Sample describing one problem in nursing practice of interest to you.  Briefly discuss how the study of this problem may imporve nursing practice. Limit to two typed pages in APA format.
  • Initial telephone and in-person interviews are required as part of the admission process.

Applicants with a Master of Science in Nursing 

  • Elms College School of Nursing DNP Application for Admission form.
  • Earned Master of Science degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • GPA 3.0 or  above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:
    • Curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
    • Official transcripts from college/universities attended indicating the student has completed a baccalaureate and master of science degree in nursing; include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
    • A copy of current Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse without restrictions.
    • Three letters of reference pertaining to the candidate's academic abilty and clinical practice are required.
      1. Two letters should address professional competency - one of which should be completed by a current or former supervisor who has had direct knowledge of applicant's clinical practice in a practice setting.
      2. One letter should address the candidate's personal character. 
      3. All references are to be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
    • A Purpose Statement providing an essay of 500 to 700 words stating why you are applying to the DNP program and highlighting your professional career goals. This essay is to be typed in APA format.
    • A Writing Sample describing one problem in nursing practice of interest to you.  Briefly discuss how the study of this problme may improve nursing practice. Limited to two typed pages in APA format.
  • Initial telephone and in -person interviews are required as part of the admission process.

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