Doctor of Nursing Practice: D.N.P.
- October 1 for entry to January (spring) semester
- June 1 for entry to September (fall) semester
The application for entry to September 2015 will be available in spring 2015.
Three recommendations are required. You are applying to an advanced professional graduate program,so,select your references wisely. We do not accept recommendations from individuals who have a personal relationship with you (family members, friends, religious personnel) or politicians since we need evaluations from individuals who can assess your academic ability and professional experience and readiness to engage in graduate studies.
Instructions for the online recommendation process can be found in the application. You are required to provide the names and email addresses of three references. Each will be sent an email invitation to complete and submit a rating form and a written recommendation which must be submitted on letterhead stationery.All recommendations must be received by the application deadline date and should not be dated more than 6 months prior to the application deadline.
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.
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
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, to avoid deley,send all paper materials to:
Office of Admission
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898
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. 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.
If you are admitted to the DNP program, you may receive academic credit (with the approval of the Director of the DNP program) for up to two courses for DNP 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.
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.
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.
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.