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BSN-DNP—How to Apply

Important application information for the BSN-DNP program at DeSales.

We're so glad you are interested in applying for the BSN-DNP program at DeSales. As part of the application process, we ask that you carefully review these guidelines prior to applying. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Where to Apply

Application Requirements

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (when applicable).
    • Electronic official transcripts can be sent to
    • Paper official transcripts can be mailed to:
      DeSales University Admissions Office
      ATTN: Graduate Programs
      2755 Station Ave.
      Center Valley, PA 1803
    • 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 Division of Nursing.  Visit for more information. DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021.
  • Current RN license and other national certifications as applicable
    New graduates are expected to obtain RN licensure within the first semester.
    New graduates are expected to obtain an RN position within the first semester of program matriculation.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • DNP Vision Statement & Inquiry Question
    The Vision Statement is a 500–750-word description of the applicant’s future intentions and goals upon completion of a particular BSN-DNP NP track as a DNP graduate. The Vision Statement should clearly express the applicant’s reasons for applying to DeSales University’s DNP Program, the applicant’s professional and leadership goals, and how participation in DeSales University’s DNP Program will aid in achieving those goals. Additionally, the applicant 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 the applicant’s insight into the topic of scientific inquiry so 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.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the past two years. Visit for more information. DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 2021.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by June 15 in order to maintain the student’s offer of admission to that cohort. Students who have not deposited by June 15 will be considered to have withdrawn their application, and a student from the waiting list will be offered their seat. All waitlisted students will receive communication by June 30 as to whether or not a seat is available for them.

The admission process and requirements are rigorous; demonstrating minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the DNP Program. Applicants selected for potential admission are required to have an interview before a final admission decision is rendered. Interviews will be conducted in person or via Zoom and will only be scheduled once all application materials have been received.

One cohort will be accepted annually for a Fall/August start.

The deadline to apply for Fall semester is May 15.

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