Office of AdmissionGraduate Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice

HOW TO APPLY

You may apply in two ways:

  1. Apply online
  2. Apply by mail using the paper application

Send Graduate application form and all application materials to:

Pacific Lutheran University
Office of Admission--Graduate Programs
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

APPLICATION DEADLINES/TIMELINES

  • SUMMER START--November 15 is the 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)
  • Fall 2014 Post-Master's option for PLU alumni--as part of our initial launch of the DNP, students may begin in the fall of 2014 as non-matriculated studentswhile their application is being processed.  Contact gradnurs@plu.edu if you are interested in starting Fall 2014.

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

BSN to DNP Pre-Requisites - to be completed before the program start date:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally or nationally accredited school of nursing with 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Current, unencumbered WA State RN License
  • Completion of college-level statistics (both descriptive and inferential) with a 3.0 (B) or better
  • Candidates should have direct care RN experience

MSN to DNP Pre-Requisites - to be completed before the program start date:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally or nationally accredited school of nursing with 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Current, unencumbered WA State RN License
  • Completion of college-level statistics (both descriptive and inferential) with a 3.0 (B) or better
  • Candidates should have direct care RN experience
  • ARNP candidates only:  copy of current advanced practice certification

Download the Comparable Course Guide to see courses at Washington universities and colleges which can fulfill nursing prerequisite course requirements.


Application Requirements

  • Graduate application and $40 non-refundable application fee payable to PLU.
  • Résumé: Submit a résumé that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements;
    honors and awards.
  • Official transcripts from all higher-education institutions (no exceptions), sent directly from the institution to PLU at the above address.
    Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit official transcripts in the original language as well as a certified English translation and 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).
  • Statement of Goals: Submit a typed statement of educational and professional goals. The statement should not exceed four double-spaced pages. Please reference your name on each page. Applicants should include the following information in their statements:
    • BSN to DNP candidates:  How will becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner meet your career goals?
    • MSN to DNP candidates:  How will the Doctor of Nursing Practice meet your career goals?
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores. The PLU code is 4597. 
    • GRE minimum scores (current score format):  150 verbal, 150 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing
    • GRE minimum scores (old score format) 500 verbal, 500 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing
    • Valid scores must be within the last five years
    • Scores older than five years will be accepted from students who have completed a master's degree in the last five years
  • Two Recommendations – References may be academic or professional. Each letter of recommendation with written comments must be accompanied by the PLU Recommendation Form.
    • Use the online application to send the recommendation form and request for letter of recommendation to your references
    • The recommendation form contains the following recommender guidelines: 
      DNP graduates will be providing direct patient care and assuming leadership responsibilities in a complex health system.  What are the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses as you see them?  How does the applicant deal with conflict, accept feedback and work as a team member? Recommendation can also include comments as to the applicant’s emotional maturity, intellectual abilities, communication skills (written and verbal), leadership skills, and interpersonal skills. (You do not have to touch on all of these points, but please comment on those you feel are significant to your evaluation of the applicant.) Most importantly, describe your overall assessment of this candidate?
  • School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet
    The following checklist items are a part of the MSN Addenda Packet:
    • Questions Relative to Licensure form
    • Educational Background and Transfer Credit Policy form with required attachments
    • Washington State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit & Request for Conviction Criminal History Record with attached cashier’s check or money order ($15 made out to PLU School of Nursing)
    • Policy/Procedures Regarding English Proficiency form
    • Physical and Psychological Expectations of Nursing Students (Note: For applicant’s information only; do not submit this page)
    • Post-master's candidates only:  verification of clinical practicum hours form

      All applicants must complete the School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet.   Additional documentation may be required; read all directions carefully.  Click the link below to fill out the Addenda Packet.  You will be able to save your progress, and resume at a later time.

      Click here to complete the MSN Addenda Packet

      You must download, sign, and send by mail the WA State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit and WA State Patrol Background Check, along with a $15.00 cashiers check or money order to:

      PLU Office of Admission
      Graduate Programs
      12180 Park Avenue South
      Tacoma, WA 98447
 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

  • Official Internet Based TOEFL scores. (TOEFL iBT minimum scores: 86 cumulative score, with minimum individual scores of 26 speaking, 20 writing, 20 reading, and 20 listening)
  • Passport picture page

In order for PLU to pursue visa document preparation, an admitted international students must:

  • Accept our offer of admission
  • Turn in a "Declaration of Finance" form

See additional International Student Information and Requirements 

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact the PLU Office of Admission, Graduate Programs at gradadmission@plu.edu or 253-535-7151 or the PLU School of Nursing at gradnurs@plu.edu or 253-535-7672.

PLU MSN Grads--Ask about starting coursework in fall 2014
100% pass rate on all advanced certification exams