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DNP Admission Requirements:

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the Ohio University graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/;
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee;
  • Submission of all official college transcripts;

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 calculated across all undergraduate transcripts;
  • Professional Goals Statement;
  • Resume or CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level;
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse;
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found below.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full time experience working as an RN within the past five years;
  • A web-based admission interview with faculty;

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, admitted graduate nursing students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook);
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses;
  • Malpractice insurance.

The DNP application program codes:

  • DN1234 – Post MSN to DNP
  • MS1235 – BSN to DNP

The Ohio University Graduate College manages the application process for all Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Applicants utilizing Ohio University Education Benefits should contact the School of Nursing by emailing msn@ohio.edu for specific information prior to applying.

Approved RN Licensure States for Application:

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

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) but students have up to six years to complete their program of study
  • 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
  • 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) but students have up to six years to complete their program of study
  • 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.