Admission Requirements | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission Requirements

We evaluate all DNP applications on a rolling basis, however we recommend that interested applicants apply as early as possible. A limited number of seats are available and the cohort typically fills each semester.

Submit your online application directly to Chatham University at Once your online application is complete, please submit all required application documents (listed below) to:

Chatham University
Berry Hall/SCPS Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


  • Online application submitted directly to Chatham University at
  • Official academic transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
  • Applicant must have completed Master of Science in Nursing degree - cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater
  • 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. Click here to download the recommendation form
  • Admissions essay:

    Describe the following in your essay:
    • your area of interest (e.g. advanced clinical practice, administration, education, etc.)
    • potential clinical problem that you plan to focus on as your identified topic in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
    • why you are interested in this clinical problem,
    • why it is relevant for the current society,
    • why it potentially warrants evidenced-based practice change,
    • how it is relevant to the role of the DNP-prepared nurse and the implementation of evidence-based practice.
    *The essay should be around 500 words. A phone or skype interview may be requested. The topic/ problem you address in the essay is subject to faculty review and approval once enrolled in the DNP program.
  • Documentation of Clinical Experience:
    • As the DNP degree is a clinical doctorate, the 1000 post-baccalaureate practice experience 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 practice experience 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 practice experience 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 practice experience hours required in each course,
      2. Official practice experience logs which record the practice experience 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 practice experience hours.
    • Students who have not completed a master's curriculum inclusive of 500 academically supervised practice experience hours may apply to Chatham as a Non-Degree Seeking student to pursue these hours. Chatham offers the course NUR697 Nursing Practice Experience. This course is designed for those planning admission to Chatham University‚Äôs DNP program and lack the required practice experience hours. There is a one credit, 90-hour, two credit, 170-hour, and three credit, 250 version of the course is available. Students may not take the course twice within the same semester. Students may begin the process of applying for formal DNP admission while enrolled in NUR697. It is important to note that Non-Degree completion of NUR697 does not guarantee or imply automatic admission to the Chatham DNP program. If you have additional questions about registration in this course, please contact the Admission Office at (412) 365-1498.

State Restrictions for Online Learning

Chatham University requires state authorization to provide distance education in states other than their own. Please follow the link below to see if Chatham is authorized to deliver instruction in your state. Also, this program has a required practice experience component. Please check the information in the Practice Experience and Special requirements column to see if the state you plan on completing your practice experience hours is approved or has special restrictions.

State Authorization for Distance Education and Practical Experiences


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