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Nursing (Online) - DNP

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Department of Nursing is pleased to offer a flexible and affordable online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The online DNP Program is for advanced practice nurses who want to become leaders in practice. The goal of the DNP is to prepare clinically-focused, master's prepared nurses who are capable of translating knowledge into the clinical setting. DNP-prepared practitioners address the multiple strengths and weaknesses of the current health care systems through roles as leaders, educators and agents of change. The transfer of knowledge by DNP graduates positively impacts the development of individuals, families, communities, society and the discipline of nursing. For more information about this program, please check out our Doctor of Nursing Practice web site .

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency, and personal character are required.

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

The professional statement must include a written essay responding to each of the following. 1) How will a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of New Hampshire help you attain your professional goals? 2) Describe your current advanced nursing role, or if you are pursuing a new specialty, explain what you are planning to do with your nursing career in your specialty after you complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice. 3) In addition to the information contained in your resume, what strengths do you possess that would contribute to your success in the Doctor of Nursing practice program and in a community of inter-professional scholars? 4) Identify one scholarly inquiry from your practice you would like to explore as part of the DNP program (e.g., quality improvement initiative, evidence-based practice guidelines, new model of care, policy analysis).

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


Curriculum vitae or resume that includes academic preparation, clinical experience and professional activities.

Additional Department Requirements:

In addition to the standard graduate school requirements, the program requires the following: 1) An unencumbered RN or APRN license in the United States must be documented at the time of application. 2) Applicants who hold an MS in Nursing or equivalent degree (e.g., MBA, MHA, MPH) are eligible to apply. Plans of study will be individualized for students without a master’s in nursing on a case-by-case basis. Additional graduate level courses may be required. This will apply to nurses with a graduate degree outside nursing and will require the full 1,000 clinical hours to complete the DNP program. 3) After initial review of the application, applicants may be contacted for an interview. 4) UNH academic programs consider the Internet communication link an essential learning resource for doctoral students. DNP students will be required to have a home computer, printer, and Internet service provider that has high-speed, broadband Internet access.

Important Notes:

Effective January 2016 this program will be an online only program. All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.