Post-Master's DNP Admissions

Application Deadline for Autumn 2021

Opens: Early August  |  Deadline: April 1

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program you must have the following: 

Completed master's degree

Students may have a Master of Science in nursing or a Masters degree in another area as long as they also hold a BSN. A student’s Masters degree must be from an accredited graduate program. Applicants without advanced practice nursing certification are restricted to the program’s Nurse Executive track while those with certification can apply for either track. Students may apply to the Post-Masters DNP program while their Master’s degree is still in-progress, but must receive the degree prior to beginning enrollment.

Active RN license through an accredited RN education

Students must have an active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where they practice and must have received that license through a degree program at an institution accredited through the CCNEACEN, or CNEA.

Students may apply before receiving their RN license, but must be in possession of a current, unencumbered RN license by August 1.

Active APRN certification (for clinical expert students only)

All students admitted to the Clinical Expert track must be in possession of an active advanced practice (CNS, CNM, CNP, or CRNA) national certification. Students may apply to the Clinical Expert track before receiving their APRN certification, but must be in possession of a current certification by August 1.

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study

GPAs are reviewed by Ohio State's Graduate and Professional Admissions Office. Applicants whose GPAs fall below 3.0 may still apply and be considered for admission.


Application Process

To apply for the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program students must complete the following prior to the deadline of April 1.

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online for the next available Autumn cohort at The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

2. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from The Ohio State University do not need to be submitted.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004


You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at (614) 292-9444 or to

3. Current resume/curriculum vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae should use a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

4. Purpose and goals statement

Please upload a purpose and goals statement, including a narrative of professional experience, career goals, and match to the goals of DNP education. In your statement, address the following: 

  • Why are you seeking education in the DNP program at this time in your career? 
  • What specifically are your academic and career goals for which the DNP program will prepare you best? 
  • How do your attributes and life experiences relate to your potential as a doctoral-prepared nurse? 
  • Identify a clinical area of interest and explain why this is an important issue to address in your area of expertise in nursing.

The statement should address each of the above questions, and demonstrate your writing skills to the program faculty. Do not exceed three single-spaced pages. Consideration will be given to both the quality of your writing and the congruence between your stated goals and those of your program. 

5. Recorded online video interview

You are required to complete a recorded online video interview through an online portal called HireVue, during which you will be recorded answering a brief selection of questions regarding your interests and goals in nursing and the DNP program. This interview can be completed at any time during the application window. However, we ask that you do so only after you have completed and submitted your application. Please note: you must complete the recorded online video interview before the application deadline. Further details, instructions, and links to the online portal can be found here.

6. Three letters of recommendation

During the application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of 3 recommenders. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to your recommenders with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that your recommenders have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who are familiar with your academic ability, professional experience and potential to succeed in the highest level of nursing practice.

7. Verification of hours form 

Download the PDF Verification of Hours form, complete it per the instruction below and on the form itself, and upload it with your application. You can submit the form at the time of application or after submission by way of the Admissions Uploader.

Instructions for completing the Verification of Hours form:

  • If you are certified as an APRN:
    Fill out the form as instructed and attach proof of your APRN certification. This attachment may be a screenshot of your proof of certification or a scanned or pdf verification card and must include your full name, license number, and expiration date.
  • If you are in the process of earning your APRN certification:
    If you will receive APRN certification prior to the start of the DNP program, but after the application period, fill out the form as instructed in the document. You will then be required to provide proof of receipt of your APRN certification by August 1, if you are admitted to the program, and will receive further instructions on how to do so after you are admitted.
  • If you are not certified as an APRN:
    If you are not APRN certified and are not currently pursuing advanced practice certification, download the Verification of Hours form and provide it to a representative of your master’s degree program (such as a program director or administrator) to verify the number of clinical or non-clinical project hours earned through the program. Once the form has been completed by the program representative, it should be returned to you, and you will upload it to your application. Non-APRN applicants with more than one master’s degree must submit a form for each completed master’s degree to verify hours.

A note on clock hours and how it pertains to different types of students: To graduate with the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a student must complete a total of 1,000 clinical clock hours. There is a total of 500 hours built into the DNP program’s curriculum. The remaining 500 are achieved either through previous hours completed in your master’s degree or through additional clinical hours completed in the DNP program.

If you are certified as an APRN, you will be given credit for a maximum of 500 hours, as you would have been required to complete at least that many as part of your master’s degree to sit for your national certifying exam.

If you completed a non-APRN master’s degree in nursing or a non-nursing master’s degree, master’s-level clock hours must be tabulated by a representative from your master’s program. This would include hours of field experience related to healthcare and that were supervised by a faculty member, such as projects that involved a clinical topic or healthcare leadership topic. If you completed less than 500 clock hours during your master’s degree program, you can still apply to the Nurse Executive track of the DNP program and be considered for admission, but you will have additional coursework built into your DNP program curriculum to earn the necessary hours before graduation. This additional coursework will add credit hours to your curriculum plan and may result in additional tuition costs.

8. Test of English proficiency - International applicants only

Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here.

9. Supplemental application for current or former Ohio State graduate students

If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at The Ohio State University for any length of time, you would be considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student. Be sure to choose the appropriate application for "current or former" Ohio State students after following the Apply link found here. In addition to that online application, you must complete a Supplemental Application. This separate application must be submitted to the College of Nursing directly at Choose any of the following options to access this application:


Most applicants may review the status of their application anytime at If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at Ohio State for any length of time, you are considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer and can contact to review your application status.


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to 5 business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

After the deadline, you will receive an email from the College of Nursing once your application has been sent to the faculty for review. This email will provide a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. If you applied for Autumn 2021, you can view the admissions timeline here.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at

In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices.

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please click here to review Ohio State's new post-admissions policy.

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