Application Timeline

DNP applications are accepted at any time throughout the year on a rolling basis till May 1. However, to enhance your potential for admission and make yourself eligible for financial assistance, we recommend you submit the application by the following application priority dates:

  • Priority Date #1 : December 1
  • Priority Date #2 : January 15

Applications submitted after the application priority dates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Current application cycle will close at 9:00pm on May 1. 

Start Term:

  • BSN to DNP applicants – start in Summer (June)
  • Post-master’s to DNP applicants – May start in Summer or Fall based upon analysis of previous coursework

Apply Early

It will take as much as 4 weeks for NursingCAS to complete verification, please submit your application early.


Official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly, not PLU.

Application Process

Applications are processed through NursingCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs. All official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS, not PLU.

Follow the steps below to submit your application. If you have questions, contact the Graduate Application Specialist.

  • Create your application account via the online application portal (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select the following items to start
    • Term – The term when you plan to begin the program
    • Institution – Pacific Lutheran University
    • Programthe nursing program you are apply for
  • Complete all required application questions.
  • Complete Nursing licensure information and questions

  • Provide two references via the online application portal.
    • This will send an email notification to your recommenders to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation. References may be academic or professional.
  • Upload professional resume
  • Upload statement of professional goals:
    • Please address the following questions:
      • How will the Doctor of Nursing Practice meet your career goals, either 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?
    • The essay should be two pages, double-spaced, 12pt font, Times New Roman. Please upload your statement in a Microsoft Word or PDF file.
  • Pay the nonrefundable application processing fee.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application. (For international and French Canadian transcripts see the next section.)
  • PLU graduates also need to submit PLU transcripts to NursingCAS.
  • See NursingCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • NursingCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. NursingCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select NursingCAS.
  • Include your full NursingCAS ID number when entering the NursingCAS mailing address.
  • See NursingCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

In addition to the documents listed in the above sections, please also submit the following materials:

  • International transcripts Evaluation – Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be evaluated by one of the following two agencies for course-by-course conversion and an overall GPA calculation.
    • Evaluation report along with the certified copy of your transcripts must be mailed directly to NursingCAS by the evaluation agency.
    • World Education Services (WES) – Select the WES ICAP package
    • SpanTran – Select the Course Analysis (GPA included) service type. Click this link to download the Request Form for PLU and email to SpanTran.
  • English translation is also required if the documents are in a language other than English. Translation must be provided by recognized translation services.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS score report through NursingCAS. Score requirements can be found here.

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

  • Pay the enrollment deposit (if admitted)
  • Submit a Passport picture page
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support dated within 12 months. English translation is required if the documents are not issued in English.

This is not a part of the online application. You will be invited to complete the background check via CastleBranch if admission is offered. School of Nursing will provide you the instructions at that time.

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please contact NursingCAS Customer Service at: (617) 612-2880 or