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

DNP Admission Criteria/Application

application deadline: February 1

Our innovative DNP program has unique requirements regarding time commitment, on-campus intensives, and clinical placements. Before applying to our program, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions to make sure that our program meets your needs.


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 Option (Post-BSN)

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from nationally accredited BSN program by August 2016

    • Experience in Primary Care: either professional work or 40-hour shadowing experience

  • FPMHNP Option (Post-BSN)

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from nationally accredited BSN program by August 2016

  • Second Certificate Option (for FNP students who are pursuing a FPMHNP certificate OR for Adult PMHNP or FPMHNP students who are pursuing a FNP certificate--not for Adult PMHNPs who are looking for FPMHNP)

    • 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 2016

Preferred Criteria:

  • Minimum of 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

DNP Admission

Application items for all options:

  1. Graduate Application for 2016:
    [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
    For technical difficulties (e.g., login/password questions, trouble uploading documents, etc.), please contact UW Admissions at (307) 766-5160 or 1(800) 342-5996.

  2. Transcripts - from all previously attended colleges and universities. If the University of Wyoming (UW) is the last college that you attended, there is no need to request your transcripts, because UW will have all of your transcripts on file already.

    • 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 Option ONLY):

    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 40 hours. Applicants are responsible for arranging shadowing experiences.

    Shadowing Verification Form
    With the above-linked form, please do the following:
    - Download
    - Print
    - Have it completed by the provider(s) you are following
    - Upload the completed form to your Graduate Application

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

  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.] 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. On-Campus Interview
    On-campus interview will be held Friday, March 4, 2016. Applicants who are being invited will be notified two weeks in advance. No Skype or telephone interviews allowed.


Admission Procedure/Timeline

  • February 1, 2016
    Applications are due for admission into the Fall 2016 DNP cohort

  • March 4, 2016:
    On-campus interviews for invited applicants

  • March 31, 2016:
    Applicants are advised regarding their admission status into the 2016 DNP cohort


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.


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.)

*Note that international DNP students are required to live in Laramie, WY throughout the DNP program. For more information about this requirement and other questions related to attending UW as an international student, please contact the University of Wyoming's office of International Students and Scholars (ISS).


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