Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner admits students once a year.  Application and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by February 1st for summer semester admission.  Applications are reviewed and interviews with faculty are scheduled in February.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program admits students once a year. Applications and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by February 1st for summer semester admission. Applications are reviewed and interviews with faculty are scheduled in February.

The PhD in Nursing Science Program admits students once a year. Application and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by February 1st for fall semester admission.

Online Application Requirements

Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Degree in advanced practice nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited School of Nursing with current national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice
  • Graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Letter from previous master’s program documenting the number of clinical hours completed
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Copy of current RN license in a state where clinical practice may be arranged
  • Completion of a master’s level statistics course with a grade of B- or better
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non-native English speaking applicants only)
  • The minimum TOEFL score-100; minimum IELTS-6.5
  • Written statement that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation: two from an academic, and one from employer and/or other professional source. Academic references must be from someone who is doctorally prepared and who can attest to the student’s capacity to complete a doctoral program.
  • A successful interview with members of the Nursing graduate faculty
  • Demonstrated competence in written communication through submission of a writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Post-Masters DNP Applicant

  • Degree in advanced practice nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited School of Nursing with current national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice
  • Graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Letter from previous master’s program documenting the number of clinical hours completed
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Copy of current RN license in a state where clinical practice may be arranged
  • Completion of a master’s level statistics course with a grade of B- or better
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non-native English speaking applicants only)
  • The minimum TOEFL score-100; minimum IELTS-6.5
  • Written statement that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation: two from an academic, and one from employer and/or other professional source. Academic references must be from someone who is doctorally prepared and who can attest to the student’s capacity to complete a doctoral program.
  • A successful interview with members of the Nursing graduate faculty
  • Demonstrated competence in written communication through submission of a writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Post-Baccalaureate DNP Applicant

  • BSN from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited School of Nursing. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Nurses applying to a Nurse Practitioner concentration must have completed a Bachelor in Nursing Science (BSN) degree. Prior to the students first clinical course they must have completed one year of full time (or the equivalent) work experience as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Copy of current RN license in a state where clinical practice may be arranged
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non-native English speaking applicants only)
  • A minimum TOEFL score-100; minimum IELTS-6.5
  • Written statement that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation: two from an academic, and one from employer and/or other professional source. Academic references must be from someone who is doctorally prepared and who can attest to the student’s capacity to complete a doctoral program.
  • A successful interview with members of the Nursing graduate faculty
  • Demonstrated competence in written communication through submission of a writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

PhD

  • A baccalaureate in nursing degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)
  • A master’s degree in nursing or other health related discipline, e.g. health care administration, from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.5)
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non-native English speaking applicants only); it is required that all students in the program be proficient in both the verbal and written English language.
  • See English Proficiency and exceptions to submitting TOEFL for International Applicants on the Graduate Office website.
  • A written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement on application) that clearly identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and describes how admission to the program will facilitate his/her professional objectives.
    • The statement should indicate how the applicant’s research interest, topic and/or proposed research question is consistent with the research expertise of a SON faculty member.
    • See SON faculty profiles online and the SON Research web page clicking on each of the research foci to identify potential research mentors.
    • Applicants are encouraged to contact SON faculty and discuss research interests before submitting an application.
    • Answers to the required questions on the application form will serve as thecritical writing sampleand demonstration of competence in written communication and ability to critique and synthesize the literature on a specific topic related to the applicant’s research interest, topic and/or proposed research question.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an academic, employer and/or other professional sources who can address the scholarship potential of the applicant.
    • Reference persons identified by applicant will be notified electronically to submit a letter and complete a Graduate Recommendation Form AFTER the application has been submitted; therefore, allow ample time before the application deadline for reference persons to submit their letters/complete form.
    • Letter of recommendation should include explicit examples of applicant’s abilities that substantiate the ratings on the Graduate Recommendation Form.
    • Letters of recommendation and Graduate Recommendation Form ratings must be received by the application deadline.
  • Active Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A minimum of 3 credits undergraduate and 3 credits graduate level statistics. To insure adequate knowledge of statistics, graduate level statistics course credits should be earned within the last five years.
Graduate Applicant Interview

DNP

  • When the School of Nursing has received all the above required documentation the DNP applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  • The interview will be conducted face-to-face or via teleconference
  • Interviews are conducted once during the spring semester
  • Each interview will be conducted by two faculty members who teach graduate level courses
  • Applicants will be asked a series of questions about past experiences in nursing, professional activities, reasons for wanting to pursue the DNP.
  • Applicants will also be asked to respond to a hypothetical clinical or administrative situation.

PhD

  • An interview with the PhD in Nursing Science program coordinator and/or a member of the PhD in Nursing Science Program Committee and demonstration of competence in oral communication.

Taking Courses before Admission

Selected courses may be taken through Professional and Continuing Studies before admission into the DNP program with permission of the School of Nursing. A maximum of 9 credits taken through Professional and Continuing Studies may be transferred to the graduate program. Taking approved graduate courses through Professional and Continuing Studies does not guarantee or in any way imply that the student will be admitted to the program.

Contact the graduate program office in the School of Nursing with questions at ud-gradnursing@udel.edu.