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Doctorate Eligibility and Admissions

Advanced Practice Nursing Virtual Info Session Dates

For additional information on the program and to meet with faculty, register for a virtual info session!

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Beginning in Fall 2022, we will not be accepting applications for the PhD program due to a curriculum update. Please check back soon for when applications open and our new revised curriculum.

All Doctoral Admissions take place on a rolling basis. There is no application deadline, so you may apply at any time.

For the BSN-DNP, new cohorts begin each fall. DNP Completion tracks and PhD cohorts can begin at any time (fall, spring, summer), depending on course availability.

Admissions Requirements For All Doctoral Applicants

University Admission

PhD in Nursing, DNP Completion and BSN-DNP Applicants: submit an application here.

You can find detailed information about the application process here.

Plan to have the following documents available to upload:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Three References
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended


Official transcripts showing bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and any post-master’s coursework.


Three professional references, such as the employer, a coworker, or a nursing school faculty member who had the applicant as a student.


A personally written essay of 500-750 words demonstrating effective writing skills describing how the degree sought will help the applicant achieve life and career goals (requested as part of the application form).


A Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a comprehensive listing of professional accomplishments.

English Proficiency


Applicants may be invited to an interview with the committee. Interviews of students living at a distance can be conducted by telephone or Zoom. The interviews will validate and verify application materials and evaluate verbal communication skills.


The GRE is not required for admission to any Doctoral Nursing program.

In addition to these general doctoral requirements, each program has their own, additional requirements and processes. Visit each program’s page for more information.

Start Your Application Today

To start the admissions process, visit the OCU Graduate Admissions webpage.