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Application & Materials Deadline

Friday, May 01, 2015 Apply Now

Admissions Criteria

  • A completed application.
  • Current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse
  • Copies of current advanced practice nursing licensure and advanced certification documents
  • Previous experience as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist,) or a nurse manager/executive.
    • If you are a nurse manager/executive, please supply documentation that you have the Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NE-A) or verification that you are scheduled to take the NE-A exam.
  • A Master's Degree in any field. If your Master's is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is also required.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
    • You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended.
    • Instead of hard copy transcripts, your post-secondary institution can supply official electronic transcripts directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address, customerservice@drexel.com.)
    • If you don’t list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these appear on transcripts received from other institutions, your application will not be reviewed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts.
    • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service 
    • If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • DNP program written statement, answering the following two questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced. (You do not have to answer the essay on the application as well): 
    • Why do you want to enter the Drexel Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?
    • As a clinical nursing scholar, specifically, what clinical nursing phenomena are you most interested in and do you perhaps have a primary clinical research question in mind?
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Complete the following forms:  
  • Criminal history/background check clearances: Criminal background and child-abuse background checks are required. If you have resided outside Pennsylvania in the past three years, you must submit an official criminal history background check from EACH STATE where you resided. Drexel University will obtain this information if you are admitted.
  • Additional requirements for International Students 
  • Before matriculation, the following must be completed:
    • Satisfactory physical examination
    • Accepted students will need to pay a non-refundable $750 deposit that will go toward the first quarter's tuition.


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