Post-MSN to DNP Application Requirements
- Current curriculum vitae (CV)
- One- to two-page personal statement
- Transcript(s) of your academic record
- Three letters of recommendation
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if your native language is not English. The School of Nursing TOEFL code is 3761. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor’s or master’s level from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution or post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only.
- Supplemental documents from your professional portfolio (optional)
- Your educational background, including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date(s) of receiving degree(s)
- Relevant employment history, including:
- Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed
- Employment dates of each position
- Community service or volunteer experience
- Evidence of awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
- Evidence of leadership and career progression
- Your educational and professional goals and how the DNP program will facilitate reaching these goals. Include your preliminary ideas for a DNP Project.
- Your professional practice since graduation from your RN and/or APRN program. In what ways have you demonstrated leadership in your clinical practice?
- How do you envision the role of the DNP in the future of health care delivery?
- Why are you choosing Nursing@Simmons?
Letters of Recommendation
- A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of your skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the DNP role.
- A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of your academic record. If you have been out of school for five years or more, a recent nurse educator, preceptor, or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
- A current clinical, professional colleague who can comment on your clinical performance and leadership abilities.
Professional Portfolio (Optional)
- Professional publications
- Professional presentations
- Any research you have conducted as part of your previous degree programs or as part of your professional, clinical career as an APRN