Application Timeline

IMPORTANT: Applications are now processed through NursingCAS. Please submit your application sooner as NursingCAS requires as much as 4 weeks to review applications for completion. Official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS directly.

SUMMER START–December 1 is the priority application deadline for BSN to DNP or post-master’s candidates wishing to start in the summer term (this is the only option for BSN to DNP candidates).

J-TERM OR SPRING START–November 1 is the application deadline for post-master’s candidates (J-term/spring start is only available to post-master’s candidates)

We are still accepting applications even though the December 1 priority deadline has passed.

DNP candidates may apply for admission at any time during the year, however, application by the priority deadline will enhance applicants’ potential for admission and for arranging financial assistance. Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline, and decisions are typically made from February through April. Applications received after the priority deadline may be accepted on a space-available basis.

How to Apply

Create an account on and complete all required sections, including the following materials:

Please note that all official transcripts and other materials must be submitted to NursingCAS directly.

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation
  2. Professional resume
  3. Statement of professional goals
    • Please address the following questions:
      • How will the Doctor of Nursing Practice meet your career goals? Limit response to 1500 characters.
      • How will becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner meet your career goals? What knowledge do you have of the NP role you are applying for? Have you had any experience with the role and what aspects of the role appeal to you professionally? Limit response to 2500 characters.
  4. Nursing licensure information and questions
  5. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities (past and present)
    • Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit a course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES). Since NursingCAS does not take transcripts from institutions outside the US, please submit the official transcript to PLU while submitting the evaluation report to NursingCAS.
  6. Background check via CastleBranch

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must :

  • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS score report through NursingCAS. Score requirements can be found here.
  • Submit a copy of your Passport picture page

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support

Questions? Please contact PLU’s Graduate Admission office at 253-535-8570 or