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Directions for Completing FNP Application Documents

Letter of intent.

The purpose of the letter of intent is to demonstrate to the admissions team your understanding of the nurse practitioner role, justifications for the nurse practitioner role in delivering high-quality and cost-effective healthcare, and how the WGU FNP program might prepare you to meet the healthcare needs of your local community or population of interest.


You have been given four articles below that describe the health, social, and economic benefits related to nurse practitioner practice in the United States. 

Choose at least two (2) learning resources and use the information and your own professional preparation to answer the following questions in your letter of intent for the WGU FNP program: 

  • How have your life and professional experiences prepared you for the WGU FNP program?
  • How can the WGU FNP program prepare you to deliver healthcare to the community in which you live?
  • How can your future clinical practice as an FNP affect the quality and cost of care for patients and their families?
  • Why is it important for you to practice to the full scope of nurse practitioner practice?

As you answer the questions above, we will examine your letter of intent to ensure your writing meets the following criteria:

Letter of Intent Writing Criteria

  • Writing directly addresses letter of intent questions.
  • Writing is clear and appropriate for the purpose of the assignment. 
  • All evidence and examples are used effectively and are specific and relevant.
  • Ideas are coherently and logically organized with well‐developed paragraphs and effective transitions.
  • All sentences are well written with varied sentence structure and are free of errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Maintains appropriate tone, diction, and vocabulary for various modes of writing.
  • Work demonstrates clear understanding of the target audience. 
  • In situations where originality is expected, writing is clearly creative and innovative.
  • All sources are critically reviewed, documented, and formatted following standard practices of the field (APA).
  • Formatting: 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. 


Buerhaus, P. (2018). Nurse practitioners: A solution to America’s primary care crisis. American Enterprise Institute, 1-31. 

Chattopadhyay, S. & Zangaro, G. (2019). The economic cost and impacts of scope of practice restrictions on nurse practitioners. Nursing Economic$, 37(6), 273-283.

Dubner, S. (Rosalsky, G.). (2017, November 15). Nurses to the rescue! [Ep. 309]. Retrieved from

Opitz, S. E. & Hebert, R. S. (2018). Nurse practitioners as disruptive innovators in palliative medicine. Journal of Palliative Care, 33(4), 191-193. 

Cover letter and CV/résumé.

The purpose of the cover letter and CV/résumé is to directly tie your previous and current life and professional experience, as noted in your résumé or CV, to the WGU FNP program. The reader of your cover letter should be able to identify why you are a good fit for the WGU FNP program.

Cover Letter Criteria

  • Audience and purpose of the cover letter are strong and clear.
  • Format of the letter is clear. Each major section includes all required information (address, date, salutation, body, closing, signature).
  • Cover letter is articulate and coherent. 
  • Letter is well-formatted and shows a professional appearance, tone, and style.
  • Letter follows all guidelines for spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc. Sentences are strong and varied.
  • Letter demonstrates a variety of work experience.    

CV/Résumé Criteria

  • Audience and purpose of the résumé are strong and clear.
  • Format of the résumé is clear. Each major section includes required information (objective statement, names, dates, locations, etc.).
  • Résumé shows a very professional appearance, tone, and style.
  • Writer follows all guidelines for spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc. Sentences are strong and have a varied structure.