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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission

​The fall 2015 application for the DNP bachelors or masters entry RN's for adult gerontology nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner tracks is currently available online for May 1, 2015 admission deadline. For DNP completion program, current Certified: Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Midwives can apply year round with a rolling admission process.

DNP applicants have the option of applying through DePaul’s online application  or through NursingCAS, the online, centralized application service for nursing programs nationwide.  Instructions for both options are listed below.
 

Attention Nurse Anesthesia Applicants:

Please note that the nurse anesthesia program is offered jointly with NorthShore University Health System’s School of Nurse Anesthesia. Students applying to the nurse anesthesia program should follow NorthShore’s application instructions and admission deadlines. For details on admission requirements and deadlines, please visit the NorthShore website. The next available entry term for the nurse anesthesia program is fall 2016. NursingCAS is currently not being used for application to NorthShore University Health System's School of Nurse Anesthesia.​

Admission Requirements for BSN & Masters Entry RN NP Track Students

  1. ​​DePaul's online application or NursingCAS application​​​
  2. Bachelors or Masters degree in nursing
  3. Current and unrestricted Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Illinois
  4. Two thousand hours of current work experience within the last two years required for nurse practitioner tract prior to beginning clinical practicum
  5. Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from Baccalaureate or Masters RN nursing program
  6. TOEFL score of 590 )PBT) or 96 (iBT) or above if your primary language is not English. In addition, you will be required to demonstrate equivalent proficiency by an on-campus written essay, evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
  7. Two letters of recommendation, one letter from your direct supervisor at your current place of employment and a second letter from an academic person if possible or other professional reference
  8. Personal statement 2-3 pages in length showing fit with school mission and program. The personal statement will also include a description of the reason for pursuing the DNP, your short-term and long-term professional goals, your current area of nursing practice, an aggregate population that is of interest, and possible ideas for the DNP cumulative project (Scholarly Leadership Project).
  9. Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting past education, clinical experience, scholarly endeavors and professional and community activity
  10. Official transcripts from all previous college work
  11. Pre-requisites: two courses of Chemistry (Inorganic and Organic) with labs completed within the last ten years

Admission Requirements for BSN Entry RN NA Track Students

  1. Bachelors degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Minimum compiled GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale from the last 40 semester hours/60 quarter hours of college course work
  3. Current and unrestricted registered nurse license in the State of Illinois
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) less than 5 years old. GRE scores must be sent to both NorthShore University Health System School of Nurse Anesthesia (Code 1659) and DePaul University (Code 1165). A compiled score of 300 on both verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the written analytical section are required.
  5. Minimum two years full time critical care nursing experience includes: ICU, MICU, SICU, CCU, CTICU, CVICU and PICU
  6. Organic Chemistry with a grade of B or higher within the last five years
  7. Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  8. Shadow day with a CRNA
  9. Letters of recommendation from: a) Dean, School of Nursing, b) current supervisor, and c) current physician or CRNA from employment setting
  10. Test of Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for applicants who speak English as a second language
  11. Personal interview with Admissions Committee​​

Admission Requirements for DNP Completion Program Students

  1. ​​​​​​Masters degree in nursing with current certification as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife
  2. A GRE is not required for DNP Completion Program students
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one letter from your direct supervisor at your current place of employment and a second letter from an academic person if possible or other professional reference
  4. Personal interview will include a writing sample and will be scheduled in person or by skype with two faculty members after the application file is complete
  5. Personal statement 2-3 pages in length showing fit with school mission and program. The personal statement will also include a description of the reason for pursuing the DNP, your short-term and long-term professional goals, your current area of nursing practice, an aggregate popluation that is of interest, and possible ideas for the DNP cumulative project (Scholarly Leadership Project)
  6. Curriculum Vitae (CV highlighting past education, clinical experience, scholarly endeavors and professional and community activity
  7. Official transcripts from all previous college work
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The School of Nursing has the option to waive admission requirements.
 
Registered Nurses with a Masters in Nursing or a MSN may receive up to 12 credit hours of transfer credit for prior education, with individual review of all transcripts. In addition, applicants with current certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse from an accredited program, and current licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse in their state of residence will receive advanced placement in the program.
 
Applicants holding an MS degree in Nursing or MSN degree without certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse will be required to hold current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois prior to the first day of classes. Applicants holding an MS degree in Nursing or MSN degree with certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse will be required to hold current licensure as a Registered Nurse and as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the State of Illinois, and current certification from a national certifying body (e.g. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Credentialing Center) in their area of specialty area of practice prior to the first day of classes.
 
International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission. Please visit http://csh.depaul.edu/admission/graduate/Pages/international-student-admissions.aspx for exact information.

Applying Directly to DePaul

  • Submit the DePaul online application at www.depaul.edu/apply
  • Submit your two letters of recommendation, personal statement, curriculum vitae (CV) by email to graddepaul@depaul.edu or through the online application. 
  • Pay the $40 application fee through the online application or mail a check made out to DePaul University to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below.
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. (Colleges and universities that issue official electronic transcripts can email them to graddepaul@depaul.edu.)
  • If required, submit your GRE or TOEFL score directly from ETS. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.

Mailing address:
The Office of Graduate Admission
College of Science and Health
DePaul University
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215

Applying Through NursingCAS

Applicants to the DNP program have the option of applying through NursingCAS. Applying through NursingCAS allows you to submit your application to DePaul and other institutions nationwide through one centralized application. NursingCAS also verifies your academic credentials on behalf of DePaul. We are currently accepting NursingCAS applications to the DNP for fall 2014.

Detailed instructions for completing your NursingCAS application can be found at the following:

How to Complete a NursingCAS Application video 

Preparing to Apply -- NursingCAS

  • Visit www.nursing.org and click “Apply Here” to initiate your application.
  • Click on “Create Account” and complete the required fields.
  • Save your personal statement in the “Personal Statement” section of NursingCAS. Title it “DePaul University DNP Program.” Attach the statement to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your application.
  • Request that your references be submitted via the “References” section of NursingCAS. Attach your references to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your application.
  • Upload a copy of your CV or resume into the “Documents Upload” section of NursingCAS. Remember to attach your resume to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your applications. 
  • Complete DePaul’s Supplemental Question Sheet, upload it into the “Documents Upload” section of NursingCAS and attach it to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your application.
  • If required to submit a GRE score, you should report your score in the “Tests” section of the NursingCAS application. Have your official score sent directly from ETS to DePaul University. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended. All official transcripts must be mailed from the issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. In order to expedite the processing be sure to include the Transcript Request Form. Have the transcripts mailed to the following address:

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471 

Note: You must input all of your college level coursework into the NursingCAS application. Be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) in hand or accessible in order to complete this section. All college level coursework (including in-progress coursework) must be entered into the application in this section. There is a short, instructional video posted here on how to accurately complete this section. And detailed instructions are posted here. This will be the most time-consuming aspect of the application process.
 
If you would rather have NursingCAS staff enter in your coursework data on your behalf then you have the option of paying an additional fee to use the Coursework Entry Service. Click here to learn more about the service. The data entered into this section is used to calculate GPAs in order to make admission decisions.
 
  • Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service, DePaul University and NursingCAS both accept Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) so this is the recommended evaluation service for international applicants who wish to apply to DePaul using the NursingCAS application. International credit evaluations should be mailed to NursingCAS at the address above.
  • If required to submit a TOEFL score, you should report your score in the “Tests” section of the NursingCAS application. Have your official score sent directly from ETS to DePaul. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.

Helpful Hints on Using NursingCAS

Use the Quick Status Menu while logged into your NursingCAS application to check to see if your transcripts have been received or use this link, https://portal.nursingcas.org/?rm=status_transcripts. You can also use the Quick Status Menu to check to see if your references have been submitted.
 
Questions about NursingCAS
For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-612-2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org. Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel.
 
Monitor the Status of Your Application
The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you. Please check your “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address that you used to create your account.
 
Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see if your Transcript(s), Reference(s), or Payment(s) have been received after you submit them. To check to see which Designations you have selected (in other words programs you have applied to) click on the Designations option under the “Quick Status”.