Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entrance requirements?

You must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university. The cumulative GPA must be at or above 3.00 on a 4 point scale. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the DNP program. A TOEFL score of at least 550 is required if proof of English proficiency is needed. A personally written essay describing how the DNP will help the applicant achieve life and career goals, and a current CV must accompany the application to OCU. For more information click here. Select applicants may be asked for an interview.

How many hours are required to complete the degree?

The BSN-to-DNP completion program is 67 credit hours. For more on the DNP curriculum, click here.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The BSN-to-DNP program may be completed at a rate of two courses per semester over four years. 

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?

Courses at the master’s level (5000-6000 level) are taught on-campus face-to-face and may be web-assisted. All of the doctoral level (7000-9000 level) courses 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 number of supervised, post-baccalaureate clinical hours as required by the American Academy of Nurse Practioners (AANP) or American Nurses Credentialing Center (AANC). Students in the FNP program will have clinical coursework that encompasses the lifespan and will easily meet the required hours.

Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

To learn more about how you can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner, contact Dr. Gina Crawford, Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, at (405) 208-5910 or

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

Shelley Cassada, MS, Graduate Programs Specialist