Application Information

The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations.

This is a 32-36 credit post-MSN program that can be completed in seven to ten semesters depending on the progression plan. Additional clinical and capstone credits may be required to meet program objectives.

Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students.

Graduate students should plan for a minimum of one classroom hour per registered credit per week and three outside hours of preparation per registered credit per week (e.g. 5 credits = 5 classroom hours/week, 15 outside hours/week = 20 hours/week.) This rule should be taken into consideration when planning work and school time.


  1. A master's degree with a major in nursing from a nationally accredited college or university. *A master's degree in a health-related discipline will be considered on an individuals basis.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the MSN degree.
  3. Current, unrestricted RN license in at least one state
  4. Hold advanced practice nursing certification from a recognized national accreditation body in a specialized area of healthcare. View the certification list.
  5. Meet program pre-requisites including transcripted courses equivalent to WVU courses in:
    1. Advanced Pathophysiology
    2. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
    3. Advanced Health Assessment
    4. Research Process

Apply To WVU

The application period for the Summer term will open on October 1 and close on January 1.

Create Account At WVU

Click on the Create Account at WVU button above.

  1. On the Enrollment Information screen, select the following:
    • Admission Type: Doctorate
    • Intended Program: Nursing DNP
  2. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Writing example identifying a clinical practice problem of interest to you. Explain how the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing can prepare you to address the problem. Please limit the writing sample to two type-written, double-spaced pages.
  3. Applicants must also provide three letters of reference addressing the applicant’s likelihood for success in graduate work. One letter should be from a former professor. You will list your references, with their email addresses, on the Recommendations screen.  Your references will receive an email from Hobsons with an electronic form.  They will also need to upload a letter of recommendation. 

Complete Supplemental Application

After you have applied to WVU you must complete a supplemental application for admission.

Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

Official college transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent directly from the institution to:

WVU Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown WV 26506     


Applicants are notified of admissions decisions via email in late April.


Students are required to attend an online orientation session prior to the beginning of the summer session where they will learn about the program and meet with their advisors.


Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing will not be readmitted to the program.