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BSN to DNP Admission Requirements and Process



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  • BSN from a NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program.

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in state of residence and eligible for Wisconsin registered nurse licensure.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    • GRE required for applicants with GPA of 2.70 - 2.99.

  • Three professional references

    • The application from the Office of Graduate Studies requests you list three references which reflect current knowledge of professional and/or academic skills.  Applicant is responsible to forward reference form found in Step 3 to references they have listed on Graduate Studies application form.

  • An acceptable undergraduate statistics course completed within the past 5 years.

    • The course must be at least 3 credits and include both descriptive and inferential statistics.

    • The course does not need to be completed prior to requesting admission, however it does need to be completed before the beginning of your first semester. Applicant admitted with a statics course in progress will be admitted conditional upon successful completion of course.

    • A grade of B or better must be obtained in the statistics course.

    • List of acceptable statistic courses. Further questions please contact

  • Registered nurse experience is very helpful, but not required.

  • A personal interview.  Eligible applicants will be invited via email to participate in an interview once all materials have been received and reviewed.

Application Deadlines and Information

BSN to DNP students are admitted once per year with classes starting in fall.

  • Applications:  BSN to DNP applications will be accepted from July 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Application materials must be received by the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office and official transcripts must be received by the Graduate Studies Office by January 31st to to be eligible.

  • Interview Dates (eligible applicants):  Interview dates will be February 18, February 24, and March 2, 2015. More information to follow for eligible applicants.

  • Orientation:  All new admits must attend a mandatory College of Nursing Graduate Program orientation session on campus Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9:00AM - 4:00PM.

  • Additional Information:  We encourage admitted students to take a summer writing course to ensure that they are prepared for their graduate studies.  These courses often include writing tips, using a bibliographic management program, and using APA format.  Admitted students will receive a list of suggestions of possible online writing courses. 

 Admission Process:

Step 1:

Complete the online application and pay the $56 application fee at  The application is a UW System form and is sent electronically to UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies. This MUST be completed by January 31st. Graduate Studies office will review and forward to the Graduate Program Office in the College of Nursing.


Step 2:

Submit official undergraduate and any graduate transcripts to Office of Graduate Studies by January 31st for processing.  Transcripts must come directly from your University to the Graduate Studies office; transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official:

Office of Graduate Studies
Dempsey Hall 337
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Step 3:

Applicant must mail Items A.-E. directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office. Applicant must follow directions for reference form (Item F) for completion of application process. Reference forms are to be sent directly from the reference to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office either by email, fax,  or mailing to the address listed at the bottom of the form.

A.  Resume (please include your professional association memberships, certifications, and continuing education activities)

B.   RN license*  (Copy from credentialing website is accepted)

C.  A 250-word essay describing what you have done to prepare yourself for graduate study, why you are applying to this particular program, and what are your career goals post-DNP.

D. Background Information Disclosure Form (BID)** - Print and complete this form.

E. Completion of  written admission requirement.

*Applications can be submitted from those who have yet to graduate from their BSN program and attain RN license.  Transcripts bearing BSN degree completion and proof of RN licensure must be submitted prior to granting full-standing admission to the program.

 **Upon admission to program applicants will be requested to complete a full background check with associated fees the student’s responsibility. This form will not be part of the evaluation process for selection into the program but will be used for advising purposes only.

Reference Forms

Instructions: Applicants are to complete top portion of the reference form and forward to the 3 references they have listed on the Office of Graduate Studies application form. Reference forms are to be returned directly from the references to the Graduate Program Office.  This can be done either by email, fax, or mailing to the address listed at the bottom of the form.

F. DNP Reference letter Form - A minimum of 3 references forms are required.


Step 4:

If your undergraduate GPA is between 2.70 and 2.99, you are required to take the GRE and submit your score to UW Oshkosh.

You can register and learn more about the GRE at:


Step 5:

After admission requirements are met and submitted by deadline dates, eligible applicants will be invited via email to participate in an interview. See Application Deadlines for Fall 2015 Admission.


Cost information can be found here:


If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing Graduate Office at:

    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    College of Nursing
    Graduate Program — DNP
    800 Algoma Blvd
    Oshkosh WI, 54901
    (920) 424-2106







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