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.


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

Doctor of Nursing Practice 2021 Deadlines by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
N/A N/A Feb. 1 (Priority)
April 15 (Final)
Post-Master's DNP Sept. 1 (Priority)
Oct. 15 (Final)
N/A April 1 (Priority)
May 3 (Final)
Nurse Anesthesia (for Spring 2022) Nov. 1 (Priority)
Dec. 2 (Final)

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 (except Post-MSN DNP applicants for whom an interview is not required)

Required Materials

All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. The NursingCAS application includes instructions for ordering electronic transcripts for submission, which most institutions allow. If your institution does not allow this, request the issuing institution mail your transcripts 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

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
  • Transcripts (submitted directly to NursingCAS) from every higher education institution attended (including College Credit Plus and Dual Enrollment) are to be sent to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. Detailed instructions on how to send your transcripts to NursingCAS are available at the NursingCAS Help with Transcripts website
  • 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.
  • 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. Do not send scores to the University of Cincinnati. (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
    • Duolingo - 120 or higher

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that their visa status meets program requirements and that online course requirements adhere to sponsored funding requirements. For additional information, visit the UC Graduate School International Student Admissions website.


BSN to DNP  

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.


The Post-MSN DNP program includes an alternative interview, facilitated through the Kira Talent online service. Applicants will respond to a series of prompts via recorded video and written uploads. The invitation for the Kira Talent portion will be emailed shortly after the UC Graduate School application is completed

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.