College of Science and Health > Academics > School of Nursing > Graduate Programs > Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) > Admission Requirements
The spring, summer, and fall applications for the DNP bachelor's or master's entry RN for adult gerontology nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner tracks are currently available. 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.
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. NursingCAS is currently not being used for application to NorthShore University Health System's School of Nurse Anesthesia. Please contact NorthShore directly with all questions at email@example.com.
The School of Nursing has the option to waive admission requirements.
Prospective students: This program is not available to students who plan to complete their clinical practicum in any of the following states: Arizona, California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, and Washington. In addition, if you plan to obtain your advanced practice licensure outside of Illinois after graduation from this program, we urge you to contact your state's licensing agency to confirm restrictions and requirements unique to your state before beginning an online nursing program.
Registered Nurses with a master's in Nursing or a MSN may receive up to 12 credit hours of transfer credit for prior education completed within the last 5 years, 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.
Letters of recommendation should be frank and detailed and should indicate how long and under what circumstances the recommender has known you (i.e., student, assistant, advisee, employee, etc.).
A recommendation is most helpful when it provides specific information concerning your intellectual and personal characteristics and performance; it should relate to your suitability for graduate study beyond information that is available on college transcripts and employment records.
While the admissions committee is particularly interested in learning more about your intelligence, independence of thought, and overall promise, character and fitness, information on your special interests, motivations and personal qualities may distinguish you from other applicants.
While completing the online application, applicants enter the name and contact information of their recommender. The recommender will receive an email with a link to upload their letter directly into the application. Please be certain you enter the name and contact of your recommender accurately as it cannot be updated after submitting.
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 the International Student Admission page for exact information.
Mailing address:The Office of Graduate AdmissionCollege of Science and HealthDePaul University2400 N. Sheffield AvenueChicago, IL 60614-2215
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.
Detailed instructions for completing your NursingCAS application can be found at the following:
How to Complete a NursingCAS Application video
Preparing to Apply -- NursingCAS
NursingCASP.O. Box 9201Watertown, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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”.
Learn more about Graduate Admission.
Attend an Admission Event.
If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the CSH Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or email@example.com.