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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

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements required for individual track(s) and submit the following as part of their applications:

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (when applicable). 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.
  2. 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;
  3. Three letters of reference: one from an undergraduate (BSN-DNP Track applicant only) and /or graduate (Post-MSN Track applicant only) program faculty member or someone who can attest to the applicant’s academic aptitude; one from the present employer/ supervisor; and one from an individual who has known the applicant in a professional capacity.
  4. Résumé or curriculum vitae; this should reflect all evidence of professional career achievements, publications, presentations, or other forms of professional scholarship.
  5. 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.
  6. Copy of current RN license and other national certifications as applicable.
  7. New graduates are expected to obtain RN licensure within the first semester
  8. New graduates are expected to obtain a RN position within the first semester of program matriculation.

 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. 

Offers of admission will be made by May 30 or earlier if a complete admissions packet is received and approved for the cohort to begin in the subsequent fall semester. 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.

For special circumstances requiring that an admitted student defer from beginning the program, a deferral may be requested and granted for one year from the original admission date without requiring the student to pay any additional fees. A deferral of admission may only be granted one time. 

Students who have not completed one or more of the pre-requisite courses can complete those courses at DeSales University or at another accredited university. Critical content areas in each of those courses is available to applicants on the DNP website. Before enrolling in a pre-requisite course at another university, students must seek approval of the course from the Director of the DNP Program.

One cohort will be accepted annually for a fall semester start. The admission process will follow the following timeline:

  • April 15: All application materials due April 15-30: Application packets reviewed
  • May 1-15: Interviews are conducted for select applicants
  • May 30: Applicants notified of acceptance
  • June 15: Deposit due
  • June 30: Reserve/wait-listed applicants notified of space

NOTE: All BSN-DNP applicants must apply and submit required forms and documentation via the DeSales University graduate application. 

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