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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

DNP Admission Criteria/Application

(for applicants to the FNP. FPMHNP, or Post-Master's Tracks)

application deadline: February 1


Criteria

The FWWSON DNP program uses a holistic approach to admissions. The program promotes a culture of collegiality, scholarship, innovation, and professionalism. We are committed to academic and clinical rigor. We desire individuals who are dedicated to being leaders in rural primary and mental health care. We admit individuals with varying backgrounds and experiences who will respect and learn from each other, and will adhere to the highest professional standards. We admit individuals who possess intellectual abilities and proven academic skills that make it likely they will successfully complete our program and embody its outcomes.

Minimal Criteria:

  • FNP Track (Post-BSN)

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from nationally accredited BSN program by August 2015

    • Experience in Primary Care: either professional work or 20-hour shadowing experience

  • FPMHNP Track (Post-BSN)

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from nationally accredited BSN program by August 2015

  • Post-Master's Track

    • Master's of Science (MS) from a nationally accredited family nurse practitioner (FNP), psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) or family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (FPMHNP) program or anticipated graduation from nationally accredited Master's FNP, PMHNP or FPMHNP program by August 2015

    • National certification (ANCC or AANP) as an FNP, PMHNP or FPMHNP

    • Current, unencumbered licensure as an FNP, PMHNP or FPMHNP or anticipated licensure as an FNP, PMHNP or FPMHNP if graduation is in August 2015

Preferred Criteria:

  • All tracks, FNP, FPMHNP, and Post-Master's tracks:  Minimum of 3.0 in all nursing courses


DNP Admission

Application Items for all tracks (FNP, FPMHNP, and Post-Master's Tracks) unless specially noted:

    1. Graduate Application Form
      [Click in the following link to submit application items online. With the exception of official transcripts, ALL items must be submitted online. Hard copies are not accepted.]

      Graduate Application Form

    2. Transcripts -  from all previously attended colleges and universities

      • Official transcripts:
        ...should be mailed directly from your schools to UW Graduate Admissions, Department 3435, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071.

      • Unofficial transcripts:
        ...should be uploaded to the graduate application form.

    3. Experience in primary care (FOR FNP TRACK ONLY):
      [Discuss your experience in primary care in your essay (see #4 below).]

      All applicants must demonstrate experience working in primary care or shadowing a primary care provider (nurse practitioner, physician, or physician's assistant) in a primary care setting (i.e., an out-patient clinic) for 20 hours. Applicants are responsible for arranging shadowing experiences.

    4. Essay
      [Upload your essay to the Graduate Application Form.]

      • FNP TRACK:
        In a 2-3 page essay (double-spaced with 1” margins using Arial or Times Roman numeral, 11 or 12 point font; additional pages are fine for title page and references) discuss all of the following:

        (a) Briefly summarize your work or shadowing experience in primary care.

        (b) Read the two documents referred to below. Reflecting upon these documents and your work or shadowing experience in primary care, discuss what aspects of primary care most appeal to you and why you are pursuing an advanced practice degree in primary care. Be sure to cite these documents in your essay.

        -[Document one:
        The Institute of Medicine (1994). Defining Primary Care: An Interim Report. Washington, DC. National Academies Press. (Full text available from http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=9153&page=R1)]
        -[Document two: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2012). Statement on acute care and primary care certified nurse practitioner practice. Retrieved from http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/imported/acpcstatementfinaljune2012.pdf]

        (c) Describe your goals as a DNP-prepared FNP.

        (d) Discuss what aspects of UW’s Post-BSN DNP Program of Study (FNP option) and mission & philosophy most reflect your goals and learning philosophy and why

      • FPMHNP TRACK:
        In a 1-2 page essay (double-spaced with 1” margins using Arial or Times Roman numeral, 11 or 12 point font; additional pages are fine for title page and references) discuss all of the following:

        (a) Describe your goals as a DNP-prepared FPMHNP.

        (b) Discuss what aspects of UW’s Post-BSN DNP Program of Study (FPMHNP option) and mission & philosophy most reflect your goals and learning philosophy and why

      • POST-MASTER'S TRACK:
        In a 1-2 page essay (double-spaced with 1” margins using Arial or Times Roman numeral, 11 or 12 point font; additional pages are fine for title page and references) discuss all of the following:

        (a) Describe your goals as a DNP-prepared FNP, PMHNP, or FPMHNP.

        (b) Discuss what aspects of UW’s Post-Master's DNP Program of Study and mission & philosophy most reflect your goals and learning philosophy and why.

    5. Curriculum vita (CV)
      [Upload your vita to your Graduate Application Form.]

      • Employment history
        - Nursing jobs or experiences (may include volunteer work)—(duties, dates of employment, approximate # hours)
        - Employment if different from above (duties, dates of employment, approximate # of hours)

      • Certifications and licensure

      • Teaching experiences (institution, course names and course levels [Associate’s Bachelor’s, Graduate], applicant's role in course, course format [e.g., online, face to face])

      • Academic history (schools and location of schools, degree, major, graduation month and year)

      • Publications

      • Presentations

      • Memberships and activities in professional organizations

      • List of continuing education experiences in last 3 years (name, date, hours, CE sponsor)

    6. 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation
      [Upload first and last names, email addresses, and position titles for your preferred recommenders in the recommender section of the Graduate Application Form.] Your recommenders will receive an email from the University of Wyoming Admissions (subject line will read, "your name's request for a recommendation").

      Choose reference writers carefully. Writers should be knowledgeable about applicant's preparation and/or qualifications for DNP education (i.e., employers or instructors).

    7. GPA in Nursing Courses
      [Upload unofficial transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities and self-calculated nursing GPA document.]

      To calculate your nursing GPA, please see these instructions. An example is provided here.

    8. On-Campus Interview
      To qualify for an on-campus interview (February 20, 2015), applicants must: 1) Have a BS or MS degree in Nursing and an unencumbered RN license OR be enrolled in a BS nursing program with an anticipated graduation date of no later than August 2015*; 2) have a complete DNP application packet on file on or before February 1, 2015; and 3) have at least two out of the three supportive letters of recommendation (or no more than one negative letter). All DNP applicants who meet these criteria will be offered an interview. Qualified applicants will be invited for a required interview by February 4, 2015.

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Admission Procedure/Timeline

  • February 1, 2015
    Applications are due for admission into the Fall 2015 DNP cohort

  • February 8, 2015:
    On or before February 8th, qualified applicants are invited for interviews

  • February 20, 2015:
    On-campus interviews

  • March 29, 2015:
    Applicants are advised regarding their admission status into the 2014 DNP cohort

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Physical Requirements

All graduate nursing students must be able to perform the essential functions of a nurse. Reasonable accommodations are afforded to student nurses with disabilities as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Faculty and staff from the School of Nursing work with staff from the University Disability Support Services to determine what constitute reasonable accommodations.

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International Applicants

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results

  • Meet requirements of UW Admissions for International Student Admission. (International Students seeking graduate degrees should consult the Graduate Students section at the UW Admissions site for application information.)

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