Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Elms College Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Health Systems Innovation and Leadership (HSIL) track, the ideal candidate will have met the following criteria and requirements for entry:

  • Earned a Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a completed Elms College DNP application which includes:
    • Resume or CV
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • A copy of current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur
    • Three letters of reference pertaining to the candidate’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character. References included with the application packet are to be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
    • Personal Statement: Briefly describe your professional nursing practice and some of your successful, unexpected events that shaped your professional career goals relative to doctoral study.  Identify a potential healthcare issue in your practice that could be the basis of your DNP Capstone Project.  Frame your discussion by first reviewing The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and describe how the potential project affects healthcare quality and population health.
  • A telephone and/or in-person interview will be part of the admission process.