Nursing

Admissions

The following admission requirements apply to all Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, except Nurse Anesthesia. For admission requirements and instructions on how to apply for the Nurse Anesthesia program, visit the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions page.

Deadlines

The application window for some programs could close early, if capacity has been reached.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Deadlines by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
BSN to DNP
N/A N/A June 1*
Post-MSN DNP
N/A N/A March 2 (Priority)
April 1 (Final)
DNP Nurse Anesthesia (for the spring after next)
Nov. 1 (Priority),
Dec. 2 (Final)
N/A N/A

*Excludes Pediatric Primary Care, which is not accepting applications at this time.

State Restrictions for Online & Hybrid Programs

Because of individual state regulations, the college cannot accept applications for online or hybrid DNP programs from individuals who plan to live in the following states while a student. (These restrictions do not apply to the college's on-site programs.)

  • Arizona
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Washington

Admission Requirements

For all DNP programs, except Nurse Anesthesia, the following admission requirements apply. For requirements specific to the Nurse Anesthesia program, visit Nurse Anesthesia Admissions.

  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited school of nursing
  • For most programs, at least one year of RN experience at the time of application submission
  • Recommended BSN GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale (not required for Nursing Administration applicants)
  • GRE scores (optional):
    • 150 or higher for Verbal Reasoning preferred
    • 150 or higher on Quantitative Reasoning preferred
    • 4.0 or higher on Writing preferred
  • Personal interview with Faculty Review Committee

Required Materials

All materials except official transcripts can be submitted electronically via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs at nursingcas.org. Submit official transcripts and all documents directly to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471. Materials must be received by the posted deadline. If you have questions, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or nursingbearcats@uc.edu.

Applicants must submit the following in NursingCAS:

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three or more letters of recommendation (You will enter names and contact information in NursingCAS. Individuals will receive a notification inviting them to complete a recommendation for you.)
  • RN license verification, downloaded from your state's RN verification website (Ohio residents, visit elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense.)
  • Transcripts (submitted directly to NursingCAS) from every higher education institution attended
  • GRE scores (optional)

Following your NursingCAS application submission:

Twenty-four to 48 hours after your NursingCAS application reaches "verified" status, you will receive an email from the UC Graduate School to fill out and submit a separate application. This simple step pulls in most of your NursingCAS information. (Do not send materials already included in your NursingCAS application.) Submit this separate application, along with a $65 domestic or $70 international application fee. Once submitted, your application will move forward for review.

Additional Information for NursingCAS

  • We strongly recommended you order transcripts at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution.
  • The Transcript Matching Form in the NursingCAS application is not required. This form helps ensure transcripts are matched to the correct application. If your previous institution allows you to use the form, we encourage you to do so.
  • List any former names in the "Biographic Information" portion of your NursingCAS application to ensure your transcript uploads properly.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (preferred), or another NACES member.

Are You A Former UC Student?

Former UC students applying to a UC nursing program in NursingCAS can request their UC transcript be sent directly from the College of Nursing to NursingCAS. To use this optional service, email your admissions counselor directly, or email nursingbearcats@uc.edu for a UC Transcript Request Form. (This is not the same as the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form.) You must submit a UC Transcript Request Form via email no later than three weeks before the program deadline to guarantee your request will be honored.

Please note:

  • This service is not available to former students applying to multiple institutions in NursingCAS or those not applying to UC in NursingCAS.
  • Applicants still must send official transcripts from institutions other than UC to NursingCAS.
  • This service is by request only, and applicants must submit a UC Transcript Request Form to initiate any action.
  • You may use an official or unofficial transcript to complete your coursework entry in the NursingCAS system. You must enter all courses from every higher education institution attended.
  • Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) is an optional, paid service whereby a NursingCAS specialist enters coursework on an applicant's behalf.
    • PTE will not begin until all transcripts are received.
    • After PTE is complete, applicants receive an email prompting them to log in and approve the entry. The application verification process will not begin without approval of transcript entry.
  • Upload English Proficiency Scores to your NursingCAS application. (This requirement is waived, if you have a U.S. higher education degree or were born in a country where English is the first language.)
    • TOEFL
      • Internet-based TOEFL – 100 or higher
      • Computer-based TOEFL – 250 or higher
      • Paper-based TOEFL – 600-603
    • IELTS – 7.0 overall minimum

Interview

Applicants who are deemed acceptable potential students are invited for an interview following review of their application. Interviews are conducted by the DNP faculty. If distance makes an on-campus interview impractical, a telephone interview can be arranged.

Application Review Process

Final admission decisions are based on the applicant's experience, references, test scores (if applicable), GPA and the recommendation of the interviewers. Applicants offered admission receive an admission letter that provides applicable next steps.

The Faculty Review Committee takes into consideration all of the requirements related to rendering an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements but whose credentials reveal potential ability for doctoral-level study are reviewed on an individual basis.

Requirements upon Acceptance

  • $500 non-refundable matriculation fee
  • Current immunizations (required the semester before clinicals begin; applies to all students)
  • Computer with Internet access
  • iPad (9.7-inch display or larger) for DNP course delivery
    • The Center for Academic Technologies, Educational Resources and Instructional Design recommends students purchase a current generation iPad with at least 128 GB of storage.