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Doctor of Nursing Practice: D.N.P.

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Thank you for your interest in Simmons. This page describes the requirements and procedures for applying to the DNP program. If you have questions, please check the FAQs on the website first, and then feel free to email us at snhs@simmons.edu or call us at 617-521-2605. Note that our TOEFL code is 3761 and our FAFSA Code is 002208.

Application Deadlines

  • October 1 for entry to January (spring) semester
  • June 1 for entry to September (fall) semester

Application

Recommendations

The recommendation procedure is a three-part process. All recommendations should be written on official preprinted letterhead stationery,not on a computer-generated template. All forms and recommendations should include original inked signatures. No emails, faxes or photocopies of these materials can be accepted.

You can download the application recommendation forms as a single PDF below. Please send these documents to your recommenders for their completion and submission to the Office of Admission.

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed (undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited U.S.post-secondary institutions,whether or not a degree was awarded or regardless of when the courses were taken or if the courses are specific to the SNHS program you are applying to are required. This requirement includes courses which appear on another transcript as transfer or study abroad credit. If you attended a study abroad program and a separate transcript exists, send that as well. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Such transcripts must be received in signed/sealed envelopes. Photocopies or copies "issued to student" are not acceptable.

If you earned a degree abroad, academic records must include end of year marks sheets for each year of attendance, not just final exam results or a copy of the degree. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Overseas post-secondary institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Academic records in the native language and an official English translation (if needed) are required. English translations must be provided by someone other than the applicant, family member or friend. It may also be necessary for the applicant to submit an interpretation by a foreign credential services agency. Interpretations of foreign credentials by an evaluation service do not replace official academic records. These evaluations are assessments of the curriculum and are not accepted in lieu of official academic documents. Contact our office at 617-521-2605 to determine if this is needed. When you call, please be prepared to provide the name of the institution and country where the degree was earned.

For applicants who have taken courses in the U.S. or earned a degree in the U.S., request an unofficial copy of your transcript (s) so that you can refer to it/them when completing the required GPA calculations in the application. If you receive officially signed/sealed envelopes from an institution, do not open them before submitting as this will render the transcript as unofficial.

Standardized Tests

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language, not citizenship. No other English proficiency exam will be accepted. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor's or master's level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only. Official scores from ETS are required; copies of student score reports are not acceptable. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences TOEFL code is 3761. SNHS is unable to accept electronic scores.

A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based,) or 88 (internet-based) is required

GPA Calculations

You are required to calculate and submit GPA calculations for undergraduate and graduate courses.

To assist you in calculating GPAs, please refer to the Grading Scale below:

Course Waiver Form

If you wish to waive certain courses in the DNP program,you must submit the appropriate forms and supporting materials. If you mail these materials, make certain that you include your name and the program you are applying to on the forms.

You can download the Course Waiver Form below:

Since there are six admission offices at Simmons, send all paper materials to:
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Simmons College
Office of Admission
Room S332
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

Application Procedure

Applicants should carefully review the instructions in the electronic application; are responsible for mailing all required electronic and paper materials to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; it is imperative that the envelopes be addressed to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since there are six admission offices at Simmons. All documents submitted become the property of Simmons College and cannot be returned to the applicant.

The following should be sent directly to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences by the testing agency for all nursing applicants whose first language is not English:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language, not citizenship. No other English proficiency exam will be accepted.

The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor's or master's level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only.

Official scores from ETS are required; copies of student score reports are not acceptable. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences TOEFL code is 3761.SNHS is unable to accept electronic scores.

A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based,) or 88 (internet-based) is required.

Application Requirements

  • M.S. in nursing or a related Master's degree (3.5 graduate GPA) from a regionally accredited U.S. post secondary institution.
  • Evidence of educational preparation as an advanced practice nurse (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) or as an experienced (at least two years post-Master's) nurse manager/nurse executive.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "B" or better at a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution within 5 years prior to the application deadline. Applicants can apply only after completing this required course.
  • Applicants who have not completed a statistics course may complete the SNHS online statistics course (WebStats ); a "pass" in this course is required. This statistics course is a prerequisite for Advanced Research Methods (NURS 640), Biostatistics (NURS 655) and Epidemiology (NURS 650). Students cannot enroll in these courses until the Office of Admission has received verification of completion of the required statistics course. No other non-graded or audited course is acceptable. Inquires about Webstats can be obtained by contacting Yolanda Rainey at 617-521-2518 or yolanda.rainey@simmons.edu.
  • Applicants who have not completed a statistics course within five years prior to the application deadline (and earned a grade of B or better), may take one course as a non-degree student before formally applying for admission.
  • For the fall semester: non-degree students may take NUR 620: Ethics. For the spring semester, non-degree students may take NUR 660: Informatics or NUR 670 Health Policy or NUR 675: Quality Improvement in Health Care. Registrations will be accepted one week prior to the start of the semester.
  • Call the Office of Admission of SNHS at 617-521-2605 for information. Upon successful completion (earning a grade of B or better) of one of these courses, individuals must formally apply for admission and cannot continue to take additional classes as a non-degree student.
  • Board certification in an advanced practice specialty is required for advanced practice nurse (NP,CRNA,CNS,CHM). Board certification in Management is preferred but not required, for nurse managers.
  • Current nursing license.
  • Minimum of two years full time professional practice in either clinical practice or management for applicants for the Post-Master's DNP in Practice Leadership.
  • Please see the DNP Application for complete details about specific required materials .

If you are admitted to the D.N.P. program, you may receive academic credit (with the approval of the Director of the DNP program) for up to two courses for D.N.P. courses completed elsewhere at a U.S. regionally accredited post-secondary institution, within 5 years prior to the start of the Simmons program. Requests for such credit must be included in the admission application.

Enrollment Deposit

All accepted students who choose to enroll are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit by the date stated in the letter of admission.

Deferred Entrance

An accepted student may request in writing to the Assistant Dean/Director of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences a deferral of the entrance date for a maximum of one year. The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim .Deferrals are not granted if the student plans/chooses to attend another institution If the deferral is approved,a non-refundable enrollment deposit is due on the date stated in the original letter of admission to ensure enrollment for the future. This fee is applied to the first term bill.

Reapplication Procedure

An applicant who wishes to re-apply must call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605 to learn about this process. Official academic transcripts for courses completed since the initial application must be submitted. A reapplication fee is required.