BSN to DNP Admission Requirements and Process
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.
A grade of B or better must be obtained in the statistics course.
Registered nurse experience is very helpful, but not required.
A personal interview including an oral and written portion. Eligible applicants will be invited via email to participate in an interview once all materials have been received and reviewed.
Complete the online application and pay the $56 application fee at http://apply.wisconsin.edu. 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.
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
Submit Items 1-4 directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org . Reference form(s) are to be sent directly from the Reference to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office either by email or mailing to the address listed at the bottom of the form.
1. Your resume (please include your professional association memberships, certifications, and continuing education activities)
2. Your RN license*
3. 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.
4. Background Information Disclosure Form (BID)** - Print and complete this form.
*Applications can be submitted from those who have yet to graduate from their BSN program and attain RN license. Transcripts showing 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.
5. DNP Reference letter Form - Applicant is to complete top portion of this form and forward to references listed on the Graduate Studies application form. Reference forms are to be returned directly from the reference to the Graduate Program Office.
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:
After admission requirements are met, eligible applicants will be invited via email to participate in an interview consisting of a written and oral portion.
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