Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Post-Master's Admission Process

How to Apply:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Master’s

Along with your completed application accompanied by $50 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

Complete your online application. While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. We strongly recommend using either Firefox or Chrome browsers when completing the online application. Please note if you have already submitted your application, you can check the progress of your application by logging onto Alvernia’s Self-Service Center.

The Nursing Department determines admission criteria for students with a MSN as follows:

  • Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC), ICNEA or CCNE accredited program at a college or university.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in a MSN Program.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics and research course with a grade of “C” or better within 5 years.
  • Three (3) recommendations (preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees) regarding applicant’s practice and potential for graduate work in nursing. Recommenders should download the Reference Letter Form. Recommenders may complete and submit the form or write a letter that addresses the components in the form.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Short essay describing short-and long-term professional goals and how participation in Alvernia University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program will lead to fulfillment of these goals. Follow specific guidelines for both content and format (800 words maximum). For printable guidelines, click here.
  • Photocopy of valid license as a Registered Nurse and, if relevant, certification as an APRN.
  • Official statement/letter of the number of Practicum/Clinical hours completed in the master’s program from the degree granting institution.
  • A meeting with the DNP Program Director after all required application materials have been received to review the Post-Master’s DNP Program curriculum and course schedule.
  • Upon admission to the Post-Master’s DNP Program, students must comply with clinical practice clearances before first practicum course NUR 705: Leadership in Organizations and Healthcare Systems.

Contact Us

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education
540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

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