Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is carefully designed for experienced, advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders. We offer a blended learning format, allowing our students to fit course requirements around their schedules. 

Learn more about admissions for our online DNP

How to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 will be June 1, 2020.

Simmons subscribes to NursingCAS for the Fall 2020 application process. Please go to the NursingCAS website for more information on the application process.

Application Requirements

MS in nursing or a related Master's degree (3.5 graduate GPA) from a regionally accredited U.S. post secondary institution.

Evidence of current RN licensure in good standing and board certification in the U.S. in an advanced practice specialty (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) or experience (at least two years post-Master's) as a nurse manager/nurse executive. Board certification in management (CENP, CNML) is preferred but not required for nurse managers.

Applicants must have taken an undergraduate statistics course at a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution within 7 years prior to the application deadline. The course must be equal to a semester in length and a grade of B or better is required. The course may be in progress at the time of applying and must be completed before the start of the program.

All accelerated and online statistics courses must be pre-approved. Email the Office of Admission to determine if a course has already been approved. Please provide the course name and number, when and where it was offered, and if it was delivered by online format; if we are unable to review with the provided information, we may request additional materials.

Potential applicants may take one course as non-degree student before applying. Contact the Office of Admission for additional information about which specific courses are available as non-degree. 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.

Application Procedure

An applicant will be considered for review if the following requirements are submitted and completed by the deadline:

  1. Complete application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Current resume
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Official college transcripts from all institutions, whether or not a degree was earned 
  6. RN license and advance practice certification in good standing

Once you submit our electronic application, please check the self-service portal to determine that all required application materials have been received. During peak application activity, it may take several days to upload and attached documents to your application. Call us at 617-521-2605 if you have questions about application materials

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed (undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited institutions, whether or not a degree was awarded or regardless of when the courses were taken or if the courses are specific to the 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.

Simmons also accepts electronic transcripts from certain vendors including eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse.


Three recommendations, written within six months of the application deadline, are required. We do not accept recommendations from individuals who have a personal relationship with you (family members, friends, religious personnel) or politicians. Instructions for the online recommendation process can be found within the application.

Standardized Tests

GRE scores are not required for our graduate nursing programs at Simmons University.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or Duolingo English Test scores taken within two years prior to the application deadline. This requirement is based on native language, not citizenship.

This requirement 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 are required; copies of student score reports are not acceptable. The TOEFL code is 3761. A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based,) or 88 (internet-based) is required. The TOEFL should be taken well in advance of the application deadline in order for the official scores to be received in time; it takes 5-6 weeks to receive scores from ETS. Further information about TOEFL can be obtained by contacting Educational Testing Service (ETS) by telephone at 609-771-7670 or by visiting their website.

Information about the Duolingo English Test can be found by visiting their website.

Course Waiver Form

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.

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:

Admission Decisions

All admission decisions are made after the designated application deadline and decisions are sent together as a group. We do not use rolling notification. Decisions are sent by mail.

Enrollment Deposit

All accepted students who choose to enroll are required to submit a non-refundable $750 enrollment deposit by the date stated in the letter of admission.This deposit is applied to the first term bill. 

Deferred Entrance

An accepted student may request in writing to the Director of Admission of the Office of Admission 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. A new electronic application must be submitted; official academic transcripts for courses completed since the initial application must be submitted. A reapplication fee is required.

If you require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S., you must be accepted and enrolled in a degree seeking program on a full time basis. The DNP is not a full time program and thus F-1 visa holders are ineligible to apply to this program. Taking courses on a non-degree basis is not possible.


Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees at Simmons are updated annually each spring. They are assessed each semester based on the number of credits enrolled, the level of degree, and the particular program of study.

Health insurance

All students taking 9 or more credits are required by Massachusetts State law to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan or be covered by a health insurance plan with comparable coverage.

Contact us

Questions? Contact us via email or at 617-521-2605. We're happy to schedule visits and campus tours.