Admission deadline: Fall - Priority: December 1 | Final: May 15
Recommendations required: Two letters of recommendation
Prior academic records Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
Statement of Purpose: Compose a 500-750 word essays describing your reasons for undertaking study in nursing at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications (including any relevant collegiate, professional, and/or community activities). Your essay should touch upon your academic and career goals in a discussion of how the DNP program at GW will help you achieve these goals. Your essay should also contain a discussion of a major issue in contemporary nursing and how you would best address the selected issue.
Prerequisites Graduate-level inferential statistics course taken within the past five years* *NURS 6208: Biostatistics for Health Care Researchers (3) is offered in the spring and summer for those who have not met this requirement
Additional Requirements:

Master of Science degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university

Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in one of these areas:

  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Leadership Management
  • Nurse Practitioner (must be nationally certified)
International Requirements:

TOEFL is: Internet-based test: 100 or higher Paper test: 600 or higher

The minimum required score for the IELTS is: An overall band score of 7.0 Individual band scores of 6.0 or higher

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
45085 University Drive, Suite 201-T
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions: ~ 571-553-0138 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 43 credits

All DNP students are expected to complete a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours as part of their academic program. Most advanced practice RN students will already have completed 500 hours in their master of science in nursing (MSN) program and the remaining 500 hours are included in the curriculum requirements for the DNP.

NURS 6181Creativity and Innovation in Health Care
NURS 8400Epidemiology and Population Health
NURS 8401Organizational Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Management in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Practice
NURS 8405Health Care Quality Improvement
NURS 8410Executive Presence I
NURS 8411Executive Presence II
NURS 8412Health Care Finance for the Nurse Leader
NURS 8416Entrepreneurship for Nurse Leaders
NURS 8417Health Policy and Analysis
NURS 8418Health Care Economics, Finance, and Reimbursement
NURS 8490DNP Project Planning
NURS 8491DNP Project Implementation
NURS 8492DNP Project Evaluation and Dissemination
Practice hours
1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours (see above).