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DNP Admissions

Admission Criteria / Application


Applications will open August 21. 

Questions? Phone 307-766-6565 or email

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.


  • Minimum of 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students seeking admission into the College of Health Sciences are required to obtain and pay for a criminal background check. The results of your criminal background check may determine if you will be admitted to the program. The background check can be obtained from:

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from a nationally accredited BSN program by August 20, 2023

  • Active, unencumbered Wyoming RN license by May 1, 2024. License must be active throughout entire program.

Approved Faculty/Staff Assembly 5/14/2021


DNP Admission

Application items for all options:

[NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the application is complete prior to the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.]

  1. Graduate Application for 2023:
    Applications for the fall 2023 cohort will open August 21, 2022.

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

      In a 2-3 page essay, use APA-style format and include references/sources to discuss the following:

      (a) Research the role of a FNP and discuss what aspects of this role appeal to you and why.

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

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

      In a 2-3 page essay use APA-style format and include references/sources to discuss the following:

      (a) Research the role of a PMHNP and discuss what aspects of this role most appeal to you and why.

      (b) Describe your goals as a DNP-prepared PMHNP.

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

  4. 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)

  5. 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"). Letters must be written on professional letterhead with an original signature.

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

  6. On-Campus Interview
    Personal interviews are by invitation only and will be conducted virtually on November 15, 2022.


Admission Procedure/Timeline

  • Complete applications are essential. We highly recommend you do not wait to the last minute to complete your application. Please communicate application deadline and procedures to individuals completing your letters of recommendation.
**For technical difficulties (e.g. login/passwrod questions, trouble uploading documets, etc.), please contact UW Admissions at (307) 766-5160 or 1 (800) 342-5996.
**For questions regarding the application, please contact Dawn Carver at (307) 766-6565   or
  • We will utlize a rolling admission process to assure that each cohort is filled with the highest quality applicants. We will review all completed applications received until each cohort is filled, the priority application deadline is October 19, 2022. Students who submit their completed applications by the priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for acceptance into the program. The final date to submit a completed application is January 18, 2023.
  • The admissions team will review all applications received by the priority deadline by November 1. Applicants will be notified of invitation for the November 15 interview within two weeks of the priority application deadline date. Invited applicants will receive details about the interview day via email.
  • If you submit your application after the priority deadline, your application will be reviewed following the admission decision for the priority applicants. If seats are available after the priority interview decisions, a second interview will be conducted in early Febraury. Applicants will be notified of an inviatation to interview within two weeks of the second interview date. 
  • All applicants will be notifed of admission decisions via email one week following the interview date. To confirm admission and reserve a spot in the program, accepted individuals must return a signed acceptance form and travel agreement, as well as pay a $500 seat deposit. These materials are due by April 1, 2023. The seat deposit is non-refundable and will go towards first semester tuition. 


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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