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DNP: Admissions Criteria International Applicants

In addition to the general DNP requirements provided, international applicants must:

  • Fulfill Admission Requirements: File an International Student application for Admission
    obtained from the university International Admissions Office.
  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency: For international students for whom
    English is not the primary language or who did not complete their Master's degree in an
    English-speaking country, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores >560
    for paper-based test and >230 for computer-based test, or > 88 for I-based test is required.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants who have completed college-level courses outside the
    U.S. must have their international coursework evaluated. This can be accomplished by
    sending transcripts to a foreign credentials evaluation service. The following is a list of
    foreign credential evaluation services:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 414-289-3400

World Education Services, Inc. 212-966-631

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

For licenses in a political jurisdiction other than one of the United States, applicants must also
request the Validation of Registration/License Report from CGFNS.

Contact CGFNS:

3600 Market Street, Suite 400,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-2651
or e-mail at

For additional information visit the WSSU Office of International Students.

Admission of International Students

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the DNP program admission
criteria stated above. The on-line application must be accompanied by official academic
credentials with notarized English translations. A DNP applicant must have evidence of the
receipt of a degree comparable to the USA master's degree in nursing for admission to the MSN-DNP program or a degree comparable to the USA baccalaureate degree in nursing for admission
to the BSN-DNP program. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high
school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations
and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the
student's academic accomplishments.

Important Information for DNP Applicants from Other Countries

After admission, the Division of Nursing reserves the right, even after arrival and enrollment, to
require, at the student's expense if necessary, individual curriculum adjustments whenever
particular deficiencies or needs are found. This could include enrollment in courses prerequisite
to the regular course of study or additional course work in English as a second language.

To facilitate the educational experience and to help the student adjust to the United States, the
University offers the support of the WSSU Office of International Services.

For international applicants whose native language is not English, successful achievement on the
TOEFL (Test for English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language
Testing system) is required.

After admission to the DNP program has been granted, actual enrollment in courses is contingent
upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for
Registered Nurses) and licensure as a registered nurse or APRN in the state of North Carolina.


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