Post-MSN to DNP Application Requirements

To evaluate your preparedness and potential for success in the Nursing@Simmons Post-MSN to DNP program, we need to understand your academic background, clinical experience, and personal strengths and interests.

View application deadlines.

In order to be considered for admission to the Post-MSN to DNP program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have:

  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution
  • Current unencumbered and unrestricted U.S Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • Board certification in the U.S. in an advanced practice specialty (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA), in good standing
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience as a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Experience as a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is recommended and preferred.
  • Successfully completed (with a grade of 83 or better) a three-credit course in statistics and a three-credit course in health assessment. If you do not meet this requirement, please contact an Admissions Counselor to discuss other fulfillment options.

In order to be considered for admission to the Post-MSN to DNP program, you must submit the following:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One- to two-page personal statement
  • Transcript(s) of your academic record
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if your native language is not English. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences TOEFL code is 3761.
  • Supplemental documents from your professional portfolio (optional)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is not required, but if you feel GRE scores will strengthen your application, please contact an Admissions Counselor at Phone Number: 1-855-461-7466.

Curriculum Vitae

Your CV must include:

  • Your educational background, including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date(s) of receiving degree(s)
  • Relevant employment history, including:
    • Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed
    • Employment dates of each position
  • Community service or volunteer experience
  • Evidence of awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
  • Evidence of leadership and career progression

Personal Statement

You must submit a one- to two-page essay that addresses the following:

  • Your educational and professional goals and how the DNP program will facilitate reaching these goals. Include your preliminary ideas for a DNP Project.
  • Your professional practice since graduation from your RN and/or APRN program. In what ways have you demonstrated leadership in your clinical practice?
  • How do you envision the role of the DNP in the future of health care delivery?
  • Why are you choosing Nursing@Simmons?


Sealed, official academic transcripts must be received by mail from all postsecondary institutions  you have attended, including community colleges, even if a degree was not obtained.

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to Application Services or select “Simmons University – Nursing@Simmons” if listed as an option through the vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

All coursework from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services, International Education Research Foundation, Education Credential Evaluation, or AACRAO International Education Services. Please allot additional time in the application process to have your transcripts evaluated by these organizations.

Please have official transcripts and other official application materials mailed to:

Application Processing Services
Nursing@Simmons Admissions
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required, and all must be written within one year of the date of submission. Letters must be submitted by:

  1. A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of your skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the DNP role.
  2. A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of your academic record. If you have been out of school for five years or more, a recent nurse educator, preceptor, or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
  3. A current clinical, professional colleague who can comment on your clinical performance and leadership abilities.

Professional Portfolio (Optional)

You are welcome to upload up to three supplemental items from your professional portfolio for the admissions committee to review. The professional portfolio is not mandatory for admission to the program, but it will offer you the chance to show the admissions committee evidence of educational and professional successes.

Professional portfolio items may include:

  • Professional publications
  • Professional presentations
  • Any research you have conducted as part of your previous degree programs or as part of your professional, clinical career as an APRN

NOTE: Nursing@Simmons is in the process of receiving approval from some states. An Admissions Counselor can help you determine the program’s status in your state.

To speak with an Admissions Counselor, call Phone Number: 1-855-461-7466, or request more information below.