DNP Program FAQ

What are the entrance requirements?

  • Admission to the university: The online application form is available here

    The following items are required components of the application:

    • Official transcripts showing bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and any post-master’s coursework received directly from the university where the credits were earned
    • Demonstrated competency in word processing, basic spreadsheet use, presentation software, and internet skills
    • Personally written essay describing how the DNP will help the applicant achieve life and career goals
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Current active Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license or approved national certification (international students will be considered on a case-by-case basis relevant to their country's equivalent)
    • A master’s degree in nursing (or related field for administration track)
    • Graduate GPA of 3.250 or higher
    • In addition to 30 MSN course credits, each student must complete 1000 hours of post-BSN supervised practicum.  Accumulated practicum hours from MSN programs are accepted towards the 1000 DNP practice hours.  Additional credits may be required for those who have less than 500 practicum hours in their former MSN program.  
    • English proficiency as outlined in the English Proficiency Policy for Admission to NURS Courses
    • No GRE required 

    Additional Requirements for DNP-Administration Candidates only:

    • A master's degree with a major in nursing via a nursing administration/management program accredited by CCNE or ACEN
    • ANCC (NEA-BC) certification or eligibility for certification, or AONE (CENP) certification
    • Verification of the number of supervised clinical hours from the director of former MSN program

    Additional Requirements for DNP-Clinical Candidates only:

    • Verification of the number of supervised clinical hours from the director of former MSN program

    Although not required for admission, the following requirements must be met as specified if the student is admitted to the program:

    • Health requirements specified by each agency where clinical and practical experiences will occur, including immunizations and health tests
    • Background checks and drug screenings required by any clinical facility where a patient care practicum may be conducted

For more information, please click here.

How many hours are required to complete the degree?

The DNP completion program is 30 credit hours post-masters degree. For more information on both the Clinical and Administration DNP curriculum, please click here.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The DNP program designed for the working professional. A student taking the recommended two courses per semester, including the summer, will complete the program in 21 months.

Do I have to do a dissertation?

The DNP is a professional clinical practice degree. A capstone project is required that demonstrates the student’s understanding of translational research and evidence-based practice, but no dissertation is required in the DNP program.

How much does the degree cost?

For current tuition and fees, click here. Out-of-state students pay the same rate as in-state students. A laptop computer is required, but the university provides free systems software and upgrades to meet our requirements.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. The cost of the high quality education provided by Kramer School of Nursing need not stop a student from choosing Oklahoma City University. For more information, click here. OCU uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as a one-stop form by which students may apply for both federal and university-based scholarships. Click here to visit the FAFSA website. The Kramer School of Nursing also maintains a lengthy, though by no means complete, list of scholarship opportunities from private sources. Click here for that list. Additionally, some of our students receive educational assistance from their employers.

Do you offer any online courses?

All of the courses in the doctoral programs require both in-person and online components. This means that doctoral students come to the OCU campus for a required three-day intensive prior to beginning each Fall and Spring semester, and once during each summer. Coursework thereafter in each semester can be completed in an online format. International students are required to reside in the Oklahoma City area and participate in on-campus learning activities related to coursework and other educational requirements throughout each semester.

Do I have to do any clinical time?

The graduate of the DNP program must have a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical hours post-baccalaureate. Each advanced practice nurse will provide documentation of the clinical hours spent in his/her master’s program. A minimum of 250 clinical hours must be completed while a student in either the Clinical or Administration DNP program at KSN.

I would like to reserve the dates for the three-day intensives. When will they be held?

The dates for the upcoming on-campus intensives are as follows:

May 18-21, 2016
August 17-20, 2016
January 5-7, 2017
May 18-20, 2017
August 17-19, 2017
January 4-6, 2018
May 17-19, 2018
August 16-18, 2018

Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

Dr. Elizabeth Diener is the Program Chair and can be contacted at

You can also call (405)208-5960 between 8:00 AM-4:30 PM (CT) Monday-Friday or leave a message any time.

Elizabeth Diener, PhD, RN, CPNP, Chair of Graduate Programs 

Shelley Cassada, MS, Graduate Programs Specialist