Admission Process: Doctor of Nursing Practice

The following information pertains to the completion of the UNCW Graduate Application for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. As detailed in the current issue of the UNCW Graduate Catalogue, the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina Wilmington will administer applications for the programs of study leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

To begin the online application processes: Graduate School Application Steps

It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that all supporting documentation is received in the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to check the progress of their application file. Please contact the Graduate School regarding the progress of your application. Failure to observe this procedure will delay processing of applications.

  • An application will not be reviewed until it is complete.
  • When required materials are received, the applicant’s file is sent to the school of nursing admissions committee for review and recommendation.

The school or department recommendation is then acted upon by the Graduate School.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate, must be sent directly from each institution to The Graduate School, UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5955. Transcripts can be requested and sent prior to application submission.

Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendations from individuals who can address the applicant’s potential for successfully completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree are required. It is strongly recommended that at least one recommendation be from a former nursing faculty member, and one recommendation be from a current or former employer. Prior to application, one should consult with professionals from whom the required references will be sought. When completing the online application, you will be prompted to submit email addresses for your proposed references. The Graduate School will automatically generate an email request to those references asking them to submit an online recommendation.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Writing Samples

Please complete the writing sample per instructions and attach to the online application.

Professional Resume or CV

All applicants must provide a current curriculum vita/resume, in a format to indicate the following (Attach to the online application):

  1. Formal education.
  2. Professional experience, describing its clinical and/or administrative characteristics.
  3. Any/all continuing education you have completed.
  4. Any/all honors, awards, and/or certifications you have received.
  5. Any/all community/regional activities in which you are involved/participate.
  6. Volunteer activities—briefly describe, if applicable.
  7. Publications—if applicable.
  8. Research—if applicable.
  9. Organizational leadership—briefly describe; if applicable.
  10. Memberships—briefly describe; if applicable.

(Please be as specific and detailed as possible, listing information in reverse chronological order.)

Notification of Acceptance

Applications completed online by June 15th will receive first consideration for the following fall semester admission. Applications submitted by April 1st, but considered incomplete, will be reviewed on a space-available basis as they become complete. Admission decisions are based on several factors, including a strong overall graduate academic record and other indicators of success. Admission decisions will be finalized and students will be notified of admission by June 25th.

Part-Time Program

Each student must complete an approved course of study within five years of the date of the first registration for graduate study to be eligible for graduation. Each student will work with his/her advisor in designing his/her part-time program of study.