Application Timeline

IMPORTANT: Application portal through NursingCAS will be open on August 25th, 2016 for the Summer 2017-2018 DNP cohort. 

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)

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:

  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 your response to 2500 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 Nurse Practitioner role?  Have you had any previous experience with the role and what aspects of the role appeal to you professionally?  Limit your response to 2500 characters.
  4. Nursing licensure information and questions
  5. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities (past and present)
  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