·         Graduate Admissions will screen applications and submit the completed admission packet for all qualified applicants to the DNP Admissions Committee.

·         Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the DNP Admissions Committee.

·         Graduate Admissions will assist the DNP Admissions Committee in setting up and conducting DNP admission interviews.

·         During the interview with the DNP Admissions Committee, applicants will be required to write a 250-500 word abstract on a clinical question they have identified in their practice.

·         The DNP Admissions Committee will meet to review outcomes of interviews and select the cohort of up to 24 students, and up to 6 alternates.

·         Graduate Admissions will notify all applicants of their status after the selection process has been completed.

Application submission deadline early decision March 1, 2016.
April 15, 2016 second review based on availability. 
Candidates for the DNP must:
  • Be a graduate of an accredited advanced practice nursing master’s degree program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in a master’s degree program in nursing, or equivalent professional experience
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in New York State, state certified, and board eligible as a family nurse practitioner* or adult acute care nurse practitioner
  • Submit a 2-page essay with their application discussing personal goals for completing the DNP:
    • Student essays must be submitted in Arial or Times New Roman, 12 pt font size, with 1 inch margins, double-spaced
    • Student essays must have the applicant’s name and the title of her/his statement
  • Submit two letters of recommendation that describe the applicant’s (advanced) clinical practice, potential for achievement in graduate study, and potential for professional achievement. The letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s intellectual ability, ability to work with others, ability in written and oral expression, maturity, initiative/independence, and creativity/originality.
  • Submit a current professional resume    
No standardized admission test (GRE or Miller Analogy) required.

*Although the Pace DNP program is designed for family nurse practitioners, we now have an option for adult, pediatric, geriatric, and women’s health master’s prepared nurse practitioners who wish to obtain FNP certification as an FNP-DNP. If you are interested in this option, you will need to meet with the FNP-DNP Program Director who will conduct a gap analysis to determine what additional clinical courses will be required. 


1.  Applications for the DNP program are submitted online.  Click here to apply.

There is a $70 non-refundable application fee (check or money order), payable to Pace University.

2.  Transcripts

Please arrange for an official transcript to be sent from each academic institution that you attended to the Office of Graduate Admission.