Admission Process

Students are admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program once a year to begin in the fall semester. Admission to the DNP Program is competitive and limited. Each year, there are more qualified applicants than spaces available in each of the DNP Specialty Tracks. Applicants are evaluated with respect to the University of Utah and departmental requirements and with respect to the pool of applicants. The College of Nursing adheres to the University of Utah's policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in admission decisions.

Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for, and be accepted by, both the University of Utah and the College of Nursing. Applicants should note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the DNP program


A complete application must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time on December 1 for the following academic year. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed. The requirements for a complete application are listed below.


  • University of Utah application for graduate admission. One application is submitted and reviewed by both the University of Utah Office of Graduate Admissions and the College of Nursing.
  • Transcripts from each post-secondary college and university attended.
  • A current resume.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources.
  • Statement of professional goals (limit of 1-2 pages).
  • Upper-division physiology/pathophysiology prerequisite.
  • International applicant requirements

The GRE is not required for admission to the DNP Program.

Admissions Timeline

Complete applications due

December 1

Applicants receive an invitation to interview or email notification that application has been denied

Early February

Interviews with Specialty Track Admissions Committee

Early March

Final admission decisions announced

Late March

Applicant decisions due to the College of Nursing

April 15

Applicants are recommended for acceptance by the College of Nursing and receive official notification of admission by the University of Utah Office of Admissions.

Information Sessions

The College of Nursing encourages applicants to attend an information session before applying. These sessions provide in-depth details on the admission and application process, as well as an opportunity to speak to DNP faculty.

MS & DNP Application Due December 1

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Phone: 801-587-3194

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Shelley Kern, MPC