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How to Apply

Important application information for the DNP program at DeSales.

Application Requirements

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  2. Copy of current RN license
  3. Copy of any current national certifications, if applicable
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  6. Letter from the Program Director of the applicant’s master’s program, outlining the number of clinical practicum hours completed as part of the program
  7. Vision statement and Inquiry Question

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required:

  • one from a graduate program faculty member or someone who can attest to the applicant’s academic aptitude
  • one from the present employer/supervisor
  • one from an individual who has known the applicant in a professional capacity

Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

This should reflect all evidence of professional career achievements, publications, presentations, or other forms of professional scholarship.

Letter from Program Director

This should be a letter from the applicant's master's program director on college/university letterhead outlining the total number of clinical practicum hours completed as part of said program, if applicable.

Vision Statement and Inquiry Question

Your Vision Statement should describe your goal for a leadership role as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate and your reason for applying to the DeSales University’s DNP Program. Your Vision Statement should clearly express your professional goals and how participation in the DeSales DNP Program will enhance those goals. 
Additionally, you should submit an Inquiry Question that identifies a question of clinical interest or a practice problem that will serve as the clinical inquiry topic for the final DNP Scholarly Project (SP). The scope of the DNP SP should be large enough to result in a system-wide change at the organizational, regional, or national level; a new or revised state health policy; or the establishment of a significant new health service for a population or geographic region. The purpose of the Inquiry Question is to demonstrate insight into the topic of scientific inquiry so that faculty can evaluate written communication and research skills.

The appropriate length of the combined Vision Statement and Inquiry Question should be between 3-5 pages. 

Transfer credits

The DNP Program accepts up to six credits (two courses) for transfer based upon the following criteria:

  • Coursework must have been completed within the past two years;
  • Coursework must be from a CCNE or NLNAC-accredited college or university
  • Grades for transfer courses must be a "B" or higher; and
  • The DNP Admissions and Standards Committee determines that the coursework is equivalent to a DeSales University DNP course in scope, subject matter, and student learning outcomes. A syllabus and topical outline must accompany a course transfer request.

Information for Applicants Born Outside of the United States

  • International applicants born in a country where the official language is other than English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the past two years.  Applicants must take the TOEFL iBT (internet-based) format and achieve a minimum total score of 104, with a minimum score of 26 in each of the Reading, ,  and  sub-scales. Please visit for additional information.
  • All transcripts from any degree-granting institution outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Inc., with the resulting report submitted directly to the address above.  Please visit for additional information.

    DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021

We're happy to answer any questions you might have about the application process.


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