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DNP Admission Requirements:

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential DNP students must also supply/document the following:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 across all college transcripts
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level.
  • Evidence of current unencumbered RN licensure in the states in which any clinical experiences will be conducted.*
  • International students must have a registered nursing (RN) license in the United States.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Graduate (if Post-Masters to DNP student) or undergraduate (if BSN to DNP student) research methods and statistics course
  • For Post-Masters to DNP students, documentation of clinical hours achieved in the master’s program in all prior nursing degrees, and documentation of national certification as an advanced practice registered nurse or nurse executive
  • Faculty interview

*Residents of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • If you are considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than Ohio, we highly recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program. 
  • Prior to clinical and/or practicum experiences, students must also provide:
    • FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Ohio Senate Bills 38 and 160.
    • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook)
    • Malpractice insurance

For tuition and fees information go to the Bursar's Office webpage (select "Athens Campus")


Graduation Requirements

Post-MSN to DNP

  • 36 semester hours required (minimum)
  • DNP final project required
  • 6 semesters is the expected time to degree completion for a full-time student (see sample schedule)
  • Admits Fall Semester only. Application deadlines are typically in the first week of May, please contact the school of nursing at dnp@ohio.edu for more specific application deadline information.

BSN to DNP

  • 74 semester hours required (minimum)
  • DNP final project required
  • Qualifying exam (if choosing the nurse practitioner track option)
  • Comprehensive exam (if choosing the nurse practitioner track option)
  • 12 semesters is the expected time to degree completion for a full-time student (see sample schedule)
  • Admits Fall Semester only. Application deadlines are typically in the first week of May, please contact the school of nursing at dnp@ohio.edu for more specific application deadline information.

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