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DNP Admissions

Admission Criteria / Application


Applications are open for fall 2022 admission. The deadline is March 17, 2022.

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, 2022

  • Active, unencumbered Wyoming RN license by May 1, 2023. 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 2022:
    Applications for the fall 2022 cohort are open and will close March 17, 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 the end of January 2022.


Admission Procedure/Timeline

  • Applications are open and close March 17, 2022. 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 or recommendation. Do not assume that problems with the computer or application portal are valid reasons for late or missing application materials. If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact Dawn Carver at 307-766-6565 or

  • Applications will be reviewed by a faculty panel. Applicants will be notified of invitation for interview 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Admission interviews will occur late January or early February. Invited applicants will receive details about the interview day via email.

  • Applicants will be notified of admission approximately one month after the interview. In order to confirm admission and reserve a spot in the program, accepted individuals will need to complete an acceptance form and travel agreement, and pay a $500 seat deposit. This is due by April 1, 2022. The 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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