Admissions Process

Applicants interested in applying for the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Alvernia University will need to apply through NursingCAS.

 

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

  • Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited program at a college or university.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in a BSN 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. 
  • 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).
  • Photocopy of valid license as a Registered Nurse. 
  • A meeting with the DNP Program Director after all required application materials have been received to review the A-GNP-DNP or FNP-DNP Program curriculum and course schedule.
  • Upon admission to the A-GNP-DNP or FNP-DNP Program students must comply with clinical practice clearances by the completion of NUR 595: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning in order to take for Advanced Practice Nursing courses. 


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

  • Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) 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. 
  • 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).
  • Photocopy of valid license as a Registered Nurse. 
  • 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
kelly.burr@alvernia.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Admissions