Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
We are currently accepting applications for the JANUARY 2014 cohort!
The application deadline for the January 2014 cohort is September 15, 2013
- Online application without fee: apply.chatham.edu/ccps/
- Official Academic Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Applicant must have completed Master of Science in Nursing degree - G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- Copy of Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of current RN license
- Two letters of professional recommendation addressing the candidate’s strengths, and ability to succeed in the program – Optional Recommendation form available for download here
- Admissions essay:
Can be mailed or emailed as a Word document to email@example.com. Requirements for the essay: “Describe your area of interest (e.g. advanced clinical practice, administration, education, etc.) and a potential clinical problem that you plan to focus on as your identified topic in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program of study. Include why you are interested in this problem, why it is relevant for the current society, why it potentially warrants practice change, and how it is relevant to the role of the DNP graduate. The essay should be around 500 words.”
- Documentation of Clinical Experience:
- As the DNP degree is a clinical doctorate, the 1000 post-baccalaureate clinical hour requirement as stated in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) must be strictly adhered to and the hours must be completed in a healthcare setting prior to degree conferral. Since Chatham’s program is a post-masters DNP program, Chatham requires that each applicant provides sufficient and accurate evidence of the completion of 500 supervised hours achieved post-baccalaureate, and already completed upon entering into Chatham’s DNP program. While enrolled in the DNP program, the remaining 500 supervised hours will be completed. Applicants that have earned an advanced practice certification (e.g. NP, CRNA*, CNS, and CNM) must provide a copy of their current national certification as evidence of having completed 500 supervised clinical hours since completing a baccalaureate nursing education program. *NBCRNA certificate holders must submit a copy of their NBCRNA transcript as provided by NBCRNA. This transcript will specifically reference the number of practice hours in the applicant's program.
- Applicants who have not yet earned an advanced practice certification must provide a thorough description of the supervised clinical/practicum hours completed while enrolled in an NP, CRNA, CNS, or CNM program as validated by an official transcript. Acceptable descriptions include 1) Course syllabi that demonstrate the number of clinical hours required in each course, 2) Official clinical logs which record the clinical hours in each course, 3) An official letter from the Master’s program director, and 4) An official letter from the mentor who supervised the required clinical hours.
- Students who have not completed a masters curriculum inclusive of 500 academically supervised clinical hours, or who do not have evidence of national certification which also requires evidence of 500 academically supervised clinical hours, may register for NUR 697 to complete an online course for graduate students inclusive of 250 clinical hours. See Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum web page for more information.
- Personal interview may be requested
Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Berry Hall/CCPS Admission
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: (412) 365-1609
Explanation of Evidence-Based Practice
When preparing your admissions materials, all applicants should keep in mind the role of Evidence-Based Practice within the scope of the DNP. For a better explanation, view this video presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Gazza, director of Chatham's nursing programs.
Any questions please contact:
Assistant Director of Online Admission