A. Structure

The MSN Program is comprised of courses that contribute to specialty as a Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Leader.

The BSN to DNP Program is comprised of courses that lead to a doctoral degree in nursing practice and an advanced practice nursing specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The MSN to DNP Program is comprised of courses that lead to a doctoral degree in nursing practice.

Program requirements must be completed within a five-year period, starting with the first course taken that counts toward the degree, regardless of date of admission to the program.

B. Academic Plans of Study
The following are the descriptions for the nursing plan(s) of study:
Nursing – MSN to DNP
Nursing -  MSN to DNP with FNP specialty
Nursing - BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty
Nursing – Adult Health and Illness (Admissions Suspended)
Nursing – MSN Nurse Educator
Nursing – MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Certificate - Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Leader; Nurse Educator Certificate-Post baccalaureate Healthcare Informatics 

C. Minimum Credit Requirements
The minimum credit requirements:
MSN to DNP – 30 credits
MSN to DNP with FNP specialty – variable credits depending on prior MSN coursework
BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis – 74 credits
MSN Nurse Educator – 37 credits
MSN Clinical Nurse Leader – 37 credits
Post MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate – 12 credits
Post MSN Nurse Educator Certificate – 11 credits
Post-baccalaureate Healthcare Informatics Certificate – variable credits depending on healthcare background.

The graduate program curriculum undergoes continuous quality improvement. Contact the Graduate Nursing Program Office for information regarding specific minimum credit requirements and changes.

D. Admission to Candidacy
Students must satisfy fully the Office of Graduate Studies requirements for advancement to candidacy as stated in the first section of this Bulletin. Students must meet with their program coordinator to plan and receive program approval for their admission to candidacy. Students should apply for Admission to Candidacy after completing 9-21 credits. The Office of Graduate Studies gives final approval to Admission to Candidacy. 

E. Graduation Requirements
Completion of a clinical paper, Capstone Project, or other culminating experience (based on plan of study) in addition to all other required degree courses as determined by the program. Candidates must satisfy all program and Office of Graduate Studies academic, culminating and degree requirements to be eligible for graduation and degree conferral. 

F. Audit/Guest Student/Special Student Policy

No auditing is allowed for graduate clinical courses. Very limited audit status is allowed in graduate theory courses for those students who have earned the (MSN). For eligible students, audit status is open on a space-available basis and with permission of the Graduate Program Director and the course instructor. Guest students (i.e., admitted to a graduate program at another institution) will be allowed to enroll for graduate theory courses after permission from the Graduate Program Director and documentation of full-standing admission at their home institution must be provided. Permission will be granted on a space-available basis. Credits earned while a guest student are intended for transfer credit. However, should students be subsequently admitted into the UW Oshkosh Graduate Program, the five-year completion time limit begins with the first course applicable to the degree. Special student classification is limited.


G. Grading and Class Size Policies

Progression requirements include the policy that a grade of B or higher must be earned in each nursing course. Only one course may be repeated if a grade lower than a B is earned.

Course offerings are dependent on adequate course enrollment.