Eligibility Statement

Due to the strenuous nature of nursing and practice orientation of Oklahoma City University's Kramer School of Nursing program, the school reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any student to enroll or continue in the nursing program. This decision is based on considerations including, but not limited to, characteristics required of a professional nurse.

Eligibility is determined by the faculty's evaluation of a student's ability to perform the skills necessary to complete the course objectives, and includes attitudinal and behavioral components. These elements are re-evaluated each semester.

PhD Application Process

In order to be admitted to the BSN-to-PhD program, the applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Admission to the university
  • BSN from a nationally accredited (“recognized”) university (or in the final semester of a BSN program)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or better or completion of a master’s degree in another field 
  • Completion of a course in health assessment
  • Completion of a course in statistics that includes inferential statistics
  • English proficiency as outlined in the English Proficiency Policy for Admission to NURS Courses 
  • Registered Nurse licensure or the international equivalent
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership and scholarship
  • Personally written essay of up to 750 words demonstrating effective writing skills describing how the PhD will help the applicant achieve life and career goals
  • Curriculum Vitae comprehensively listing professional accomplishments and demonstrated potential for both leadership and scholarship
  • One of the following three options:
    1. Graduate Record of Examination (GRE)
    2. an approved scholarly paper
    3. an approved article/paper published in a refereed journal


Application Deadline and Selection Procedure

There is no application deadline, so you may apply at any time.  Coursework may begin in fall, spring, or summer, depending on your desired start date and course availability.  

Submit all materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

A maximum of six students will be admitted. To apply, click here.

Top applicants may be required to interview with the committee. Interviews of applicants living at a distance can be conducted by telephone or Skype. The interviews will validate and verify application materials and evaluate verbal communication skills.

Transfer Credit and Progression

Transfer credit will be reviewed on an individual basis. Requests for transfer credit must be submitted on the university’s “Student Petition” form. This process is to precede the finalization of the formal Degree Completion Plan.

Students must maintain continuous enrollment in the program as specified in the individualized Degree Completion Plan.

To progress:

  • The student must have passed all prerequisite courses.
  • A grade below a B- is considered failing in graduate work.
  • The student may retake one course.
    • A second failure in that course or in another course will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Withdrawal from a nursing course after two-thirds of the course is over will be counted as one enrollment.
Tuition and Financial Aid
  • A full list of current tuition and fee costs is available here.
  • Students who take at least six graduate credit hours per semester will be eligible for financial aid.
  • The Office of Financial Aid will be able to offer certification for personal loans, as well as provide university scholarships to qualifying students, and will also help students identify other non-federal sources of aid.
  • Students should use available employer-based assistance as well, if possible. 

The residency requirement will be met by maintaining year-round (including summers) continuous enrollment (unless on an approved leave of absence) and by coming to campus for all the following:

  • Attendance of all MSN-level class sessions
  • Oral defense of a master’s-level capstone project
  • On-campus three-day intensive class meetings held once a semester (click on the Curriculum link above to access the on-campus course schedule)
  • Oral defense of candidacy exam
  • Oral defense of dissertation proposal
  • Oral defense of dissertation
  • Other visits to campus required by faculty that are approved by the program chair

Graduation requirements include the following:

  • successful completion of all required coursework and credit hours
  • completion of a master’s-level capstone project
  • achievement of candidacy status
  • a successful PhD dissertation and oral defense
  • compliance with residency requirements
  • a graduation GPA of at least 3.0