Thomas Jefferson University
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Applying

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The Jefferson College of Nursing partners with NursingCAS, The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Schools, to collect and manage applications to our Nursing Programs. 

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

The DNP degree is an online program and not available to international students living in the United States needing to maintain F or J status. Learn more about admissions requirements for International Students.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline for Spring: October 15
Application Deadline for Summer: February 15
Application Deadline for Fall: June 1

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a NursingCAS application must be verified with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.) submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the Program deadline date.

Please note that the NursingCAS verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.

We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview.

Admission Requirements

It is extremely important that you carefully read all directions listed below to ensure successful submission of your application materials.

  • Essay (not more than 1,000 words) outlining career goals, educational goals and objectives and area of interest in pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Copy of current RN license, CRNP license (if applicable) and specialty certification (if applicable)
  • After applications are received and reviewed, selected applicants will be invited to interview with College of Nursing faculty for final selection
  • Letter from MSN college or university verifying the number of clinical hours completed

Degree & GPA

For Accelerated Post-BSN applicants

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate degree (non-nursing) from an accredited college or university

AND

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Note: For GPA of less than 3.2, submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing).
  • Introductory bachelor’s level course in elementary statistics (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment (grade B or above); if integrated in the BSN course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation

For Traditional Post-BSN applicants

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Note: For GPA of less than 3.2, submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing).
  • Introductory bachelor’s level course in elementary statistics (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment (grade B or above); if integrated in the BSN course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation.

For Post-MSN applicants

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Note: For GPA of less than 3.2, submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing)

NursingCAS Application

Submit an application to NursingCAS(Select version 3.0)

Choose the appropriate designation and specialty:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (online) Spring 2016 (Post-Master's)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (online) Summer 2016 (Post-Master's)
  • Post-BSN to DNP Spring 2016 (Post-BSN only)
  • Post-BSN to DNP Summer 2016 (Post-BSN only)

Please use the NursingCAS instruction checklist (PDF)You can only apply for one program and one entry term. If you submit an application for more than one program or more than one entry term, only the first one will be processed. NursingCAS will not issue a refund of the application fee(s) for unprocessed applications.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to NursingCAS. 
Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

Transcript submission instructions

Certifications & Licenses

CPR Certification

Submit copy of current CPR completion card through the American Heart Association in the  “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS.  Please provide type and expiration of CPR certification. Must be American Heart Association or American Red Cross Certification course.

Nursing (RN) License

Submit proof of current licensure in the “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS.  Provide state and expiration date of licensure in “Certifications” section of application.

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) License

Submit proof of current licensure and expiration date, if applicable, in “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS. 

National Certification

Submit name of national certification organization and expiration date, if applicable, in the “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS.

Optional: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

If applicable, submit proof of current certification in the “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS. 

 

Resume/CV

Submit CV/Resume and complete the “Professional Experience” section of the NursingCAS application.

Clinical Hours Letter

Submit a letter from your MSN degree granting institution verifying the number of clinical hours completed at the post-baccalaureate level in the "Licenses and Certifications" section to NursingCAS.

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit a personal statement/essay articulating career goals, educational goals and objectives, and area of interest in pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice to NursingCAS via “Attach Designation Essay” button.  

Recommendation Letters

Submit three current recommendations to NursingCAS. Request recommendations from two professional contacts and one academic contact, meeting the following criteria:

  • Professional: must be your current nurse manager or supervisor
  • Academic: must be your professor or clinical instructor (if you have been out of school for some time you may utilize a CNS at your current place of work)
Recommendations from colleagues, co-workers, classmates and/or family members will not be accepted.

Recommendation letters submission instructions

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

The DNP is an online program and is not available to international students living in the United States needing to maintain F or J status.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All nursing students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance, be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of partici­pation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Jefferson, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Contact Us

Tina Heuges
Admissions
Tina.heuges@jefferson.edu

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247) 
E-mail: TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu