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BSN to DNP Admission Requirements and Process


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  • BSN from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.

  • Current Wisconsin RN license*.  Individuals processing licensure from a state other than Wisconsin should contact for additional information regarding the licensure requirement.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    • GRE scores are required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.70 - 2.99.  You can register and learn more about the GRE at:

    • Applicants with a GPA of 2.70 to 2.99 may be considered for admission under probationary status.

  • Three professional references.

    • The online application from the Office of Graduate Studies requests you list three references which reflect current knowledge of professional and/or academic skills.  The applicant is responsible to  forward the reference form found in Step 3 below  to the references they have listed on the online 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 application, however it does need to be completed before enrollment in any graduate nursing course. Applicants admitted with a statistics course in progress will be admitted conditional upon successful completion of the course.

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

    • Please click here for a list of acceptable statistic courses. Further questions regarding acceptable statistic courses can be directed to

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

Application Deadlines and Information

The College of Nursing admits students to the BSN to DNP Program once a year.  All admitted students begin classes in the fall. 

  • Application:  The College of Nursing admits students to the BSN to DNP Program every fall.  The BSN to DNP application is available July 1st through April 1st for the fall admission cycle.  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 April 1st to to be eligible.

  • Interview (Eligible Applicants):  The College of Nursing Graduate Program will hold interviews for fall admissions once a month beginning in August.  Upon successful submission of all application materials, the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office will contact the applicant with further information regarding the exact interview date.  Applicants will be interviewed monthly until April.  The maximum number of applicants admitted into the BSN to DNP Program may be reached prior to April.  If the maximum number of applicants are accepted prior to application closure on April 1st, applicants will be added to a wait list and offered enrollment if a spot becomes available in the emphasis.

  • Orientation:  All new admits must attend a mandatory College of Nursing Graduate Program orientation session on campus.  The orientation date will be announced in January.

  • 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 Office of Graduate Studies. This MUST be completed by April 1st. The Office of Graduate Studies office will review and forward the online application 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 April 1st for processing.  Transcripts must come directly from the university to the Office of Graduate Studies; transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official:

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

Step 3:

Applicants must mail Items A.-E. directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office.

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

Applicant must follow directions for reference form (Item F) for completion of application process.

Instructions: Applicants are to complete the top portion of the reference form and forward to the three references they have listed on the Office of Graduate Studies online application form. Reference forms are to be returned directly from the references to the College of Nursing 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:

After admission requirements are met and submitted by deadline dates, eligible applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. See Application Deadlines and Information for fall admission cycle.


BSN to DNP Program tution 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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    College of Nursing
    800 Algoma Blvd.
    Oshkosh, WI 54901 8660
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