BSN to DNP Admissions

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the BSN to DNP program you must have the following:

  • Completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Applicants must Bachelor of Science in Nursing completed at an institution accredited through the CCNE or ACEN. Students may apply before receiving this degree, but must receive it prior to beginning enrollment in the BSN to DNP program.
  • Active RN License
    Students must have an active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. Students may apply before receiving their RN license, but must be in possession of a current, unencumbered RN license by August 1.
  • Cumulative Undergraduate and Graduate GPAs of 3.0 or Higher on a 4.0 Scale
    Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at that level and are calculated by The Ohio State University’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.


Application Process

To apply for the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program students must complete the following prior to the priority deadline of January 15th or the final deadline of May 15th.

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. GRE scores

Scores must be achieved within the past 5 years to qualify. Please use code 1592 for The Ohio State University when submitting GRE scores. More information can be found at

4. 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.

5. Purpose and goals statement

Your purpose and goals statement should include a narrative of your professional experience and career goals, and match to the goals of DNP education. Your statement should be 2-3 pages in length, single spaced, with one-inch margins and 12-point font size. Your statement, in its entirety, should answer the following questions:

  • Why are you seeking advanced 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 will preparation in the DNP program help you realize your goals? How do you expect your practice and role to change as a result of your doctoral education?
  • What are your professional and personal attributes and how will these attributes contribute to your success in the DNP program and the future career you envision?
  • What is the anticipated focus of your DNP final project, and why is this an important issue to address in your area of expertise in nursing?

    Consideration will be given to both the quality of your writing and the congruence between your stated goals and those of our program.

    As you are also applying for an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialty, please also include a discussion of your rationale for selecting the specialty and how becoming advanced practice certified in the chosen specialty will assist you in achieving professional and academic goals.


6. Online interview

You are required to complete and 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 the field of nursing and the DNP program. This interview can be recorded at any time. However, we ask that you do so only after you have completed and submitted an application. Further details, instructions, and links to the online portal can be found here.

7. 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. We suggest providing your recommenders with information on the degree and specialty to which you are applying and with a copy of your purpose and goals statement. Ask that they address your potential for success in a rigorous graduate program and what attributes and experiences they feel will allow you to excel as an advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty. Finally, make them aware of the submission process and the application deadline by which they must submit their letters.

8. Supervisor's letter of support

The supervisor’s letter of support is a separate, additional letter required from the applicant's supervisor. The letter should address the level of the supervisor's support for the applicant's completion of DNP study, the expansion of the applicant's practice role beyond his or her current level of expertise and responsibility, and conduct of the final project. If the supervisor is providing a letter of recommendation as well, please ask that a separate letter addressing his or her level of support be submitted. This letter of support can be provided to the applicant by the supervisor and submitted at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

If you are currently completing your BSN, we will not require to submit a supervisor’s letter of support. Please email after your application has been submitted to request these items be waived from your requirements.

9. 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.

10. 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:

You may review the status of your application anytime at


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 2019, you can download the admissions timeline here. Decisions will likely be released in early Spring.

Once offered admission, you will be given a short window of time to accept the offer. All admitted applicants to graduate nursing programs are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your first semester's tuition when you begin the program. The deposit will be forfeited should you decide not to attend the program. You are able to defer admittance. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.

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.

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