D.N.P. Program Admissions

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

All students seeking admission to the DNP Program must complete a graduate program application form and send it with a $75 non-refundable application fee. Checks should be made payable to Molloy University. Prospective students must submit official transcripts from the institution that conferred their Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and (if applicable) for their Master's degree in AGNP-acute, AGNP-primary, FNP, PNP, PMHNP or Adult CNS. After all information has been received and reviewed, an interview with the Associate Dean and Program Director will be arranged for qualifying applicants.

Admission to the program will be limited to the fall semester. Application should be submitted by April 1. Prospective students who miss the application deadline dates may be considered on an individual basis.

Admission Criteria - Program Requirements

Requirements for admission into the DNP program in nursing include:

  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current New York state license registration certificate.
  • Current New York state registration as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist (if applicable).
  • Current National Certificate as a nurse practitioner (if applicable).
  • One year of recent clinical nursing experience is required.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to clinical competency.
  • A completed application with current curriculum vitae (professional resume).
  • Possess basic computer skills related to application software and information processing
  • Submission of transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate coursework.
  • Written essay pertaining to the reason you wish to pursue your DNP degree
  • Scholarly writing sample (publication or prior professional/academic writing)
  • Health and professional requirements as determined by the nursing program
    (See Pre-Clinical/Practicum Requirements).
  • An interview with the associate dean and director of the DNP program and faculty of the DNP program.

Transfer Credit

Courses submitted for transfer credit are evaluated individually, relative to program requirements and the student's plan of study. Students may transfer up to 6 graduate-level credits from another institution. These courses must be reviewed and approved by the director of the DNP program.

  • The course must either be duplicative of courses required within the program and/or congruent with the doctoral program purposes.
  • The course must not have been used toward meeting the requirements for another degree.
  • The student must have received graduate credit for the course at an accredited institution.
  • The student must have earned a grade of "B" or above.

A student requesting transfer of credit should submit the request and a copy of the course syllabus to the director of the DNP program. All transfers of credit must be approved by the director of the DNP program and the associate dean for academic affairs.

Matriculated Status

Students are matriculated if they have met the requirements of admission, have been accepted into the graduate nursing program and are seeking to fulfill all the requirements of the DNP program.

Non-Matriculated Status

Students whose admission process is incomplete but are earning credits for the specific prerequisite or required graduate courses for the degree can request permission of the associate dean and director of the DNP program. Non-matriculated students should be aware that no more than 6 credits completed as a non-matriculated student may be used to fulfill requirements for the DNP and that non-matriculated status can be maintained for a maximum period of one semester.

Provisional Academic Status

Students who have been accepted into the DNP program, but have not fully met the DNP admissions criteria may register for courses and must receive a grade of "B-" in the first 6 credits taken. Re-evaluation for continued matriculated status will follow completion of these courses.


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