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Doctorate Eligibility and Admissions

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 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: Applicants must submit a full NursingCAS application by clicking here.

The following items must be sent directly to NursingCAS to complete your application:

  • 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. 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, click here to access the OCU Graduate Admissions webpage. Applicants must submit a full NursingCAS application.

Doctoral Advisement Dates

For additional information on the OCU Doctorate Programs and to meet with an advisor, register here for a virtual meeting via Zoom for the Graduate Nursing student advisement sessions.

    Additional dates coming soon.

    Graduate Admissions can be reached at or call (405) 208-5094.