Thomas Jefferson University
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Post-BSN & Post-MSN to DNP Instructions

If you are interested in applying for the Post-BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia, please click here.

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 TJAPP application must be complete with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement and all supporting documents (test scores, RN license, CPR card etc.) submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the Application deadline date.

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

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 (Post-MSN to DNP candidates only)

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)

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to TJAPP. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision will be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation must be performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

Transcript Submission Instructions

Certifications & Licenses

CPR Certification

Submit copy of current CPR/BLS completion card through the American Heart Association in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.” 

Nursing (RN) License

Upload your current RN licensure in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.”   

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) License

Upload your current CRNP licensure in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.”   

National Certification

Submit name of national certification organization and expiration date plus upload the document, in TJAPP within the “Supporting Information” section under “Licenses and Certifications” tab.

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

Upload proof of current ACLS and PALS certifications in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the “Documents” tab and labeled “Other.”

Resume/CV

Submit CV/Resume in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “CV/Resume.”

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 in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the “Documents” tab.

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 in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP under the Questions tab.

Recommendation Letters

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

  • Professional: one letter must be your current nurse manager or supervisor
  • Academic: one letter 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 can be entered within the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Evaluations tab.

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