What are the DNP admission requirements and process?
What do I need before applying?
All entering students must have:
- Current, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course
- Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
For those applying for the BSN-DNP program, a BSN degree from an accredited school of nursing is required.
For those applying for the MSN-DNP program, the following is required:
- MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing
- Confirmation from school of clinical hours completed in the master's program
How long does it take to complete a DNP?
All DNP students are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation as well as a personal statement. Standardized tests (GRE/GMAT) are not required.
How do clinicals work? How many clinical hours are required?
The online BSN to DNP program can be completed in as little as three years. Part-time and full-time options are available to accommodate students’ work schedules.
The online MSN to DNP program can be completed in as few as 5 semesters (1 year and 8 months) for full-time students, or 8 semesters (2 years and 8 months) for part-time students. However, the length of time to complete the program can vary, based personal time management and prior clinical experience.
Will I need to find my own preceptors?
The clinical portion of this program will see you develop leadership skills and practical, hands-on competencies. As a Walsh nursing student, you’ll be paired with a dedicated clinical placement coordinator who will collaborate with you to secure clinical sites and preceptors for your clinical courses. Learn more about our clinical placement support services here.
The number of clinical hours required varies by program:
- BSN to DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner): 1,250 hours
- MSN to DNP: 500-1,000 hours, depending on prior clinical experiences
Walsh University collaborates with our nursing students to find suitable clinical placements. You are encouraged to network with potential preceptors and work closely with the placement coordinator to secure your placements.
Learn More About Our DNP Nursing Programs
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