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Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission Requirements


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  • BSN from a NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program.

  • Current license as a registered nurse in state in which clinical rotations will be completed.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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

  • 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 application, however it does need to be completed before the first semester. Applicants 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 statistics courses. Further questions can be directed to

  • Registered nurse experience is helpful, but not required.

 Important Dates

Application:  Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator applications are available July 1, 2014 through February 28, 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 February 28th to to be eligible.

CNL Emphasis ONLY: Application deadline is December 1st for those seeking VA Scholarship through their employer.

Interview (Eligible Applicants) Interview dates will be February 18, February 24, and March 2, 2015 for fall 2015 admission.  More information to follow.

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. 

Application 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.


Step 2:

  • Official undergraduate and any graduate transcripts must be sent directly to UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies.  Transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.  Applicants that have either graduated from, or taken courses at, UW Oshkosh do not need to submit official transcripts (these can be accessed from the appropriate campus offices.)

  • Transcripts from other Universities must be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Studies

Dempsey Hall 337

800 Algoma Blvd

Oshkosh, WI 54901


Step 3:

Applicant must mail Items A-D directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office.  Applicants must follow directions for Reference Forms (Item E) for completion of application process.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

College of Nursing - Graduate Program Office

Nursing/Education 147

800 Algoma Blvd

Oshkosh, WI  54901

A. Resume

B. RN license*

C. Completion of appropriate attached written requirement based on emphasis applying for:

D. Background Information Disclosure Form (BID)**

 * 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 license 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 Graduate Studies application form.  Reference forms are to be returned directly from the reference 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.

  E. MSN Reference Letter Form   - A minimum of 3 reference forms are required.

Step 4:








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