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Submission Of Materials

Students will submit their materials through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS).  Nursing CAS is a partner with AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing), and is a centralized application service for students applying to CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited programs. Go to the Nursing CAS website ( and click in the upper right-hand corner for a list of programs and click on Shepherd University.  This link also provides a direct link to the application page:

*Note:  Post MSN applicants who wish to change their area of professional practice should use the BSN-DNP application found on the Nursing CAS website.

Admissions And Performance Standards

Doctor of Nursing Practice

All applicants to the D.N.P. program will be evaluated individually based on prior educational work and current employment experience. Programs of study will be designed to include additional coursework, if necessary, to meet the educational objectives of the program.

Students applying to the post-baccalaureate option must have a B.S.N. from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) accredited program.

Admissions Criteria:

Current and prospective students can get further information on policies and procedures for Shepherd’s DNP program in the DNP Handbook, located through the hyperlink found on several of the DNP and Graduate Studies web pages.