Summer 2017 cohort is full. Now still accepting applications for post-master’s to DNP to start Fall 2017. Applications for Summer 2018 will start on September 1.  

Application Timeline

DNP applications are accepted at any time throughout the year on a rolling basis. However, to enhance your potential for admission and make yourself eligible for financial assistance, we recommend you submit the application by the following early application dates:

BSN to DNP early application date:  

  • Summer start – December 1 (BSN to DNP applicants can only start in Summer)

Post-master’s to DNP early application dates:

  • Summer Start – December 1
  • Fall Start – May 1
  •  J-Term or Spring Start – November 1

Applications submitted after the early application dates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Processing time by NursingCAS may take up to 3-4 weeks.

How to Apply

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

Important: 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