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:

  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited school of nursing
  • One year of RN experience (required by the start of the program)
  • BSN GPA of 3.25 or higher (Holistic review of all prior coursework at the post-secondary level will be conducted.)
  • 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 Nursing CAS, 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.

NursingCAS Application

The application must be submitted electronically at nursingcas.org, including non-refundable a $70 application fee paid to NursingCAS. Once your application has been completed and transcripts verified, you will be notified via email to create an account and submit a separate non-refundable $70 application fee to the University of Cincinnati. When creating an account, please add NursingCAS email addresses to your safe sender list. You need to fill out each section in NursingCAS in order to have a complete application.

Copy of RN License

Applicants must submit (via NursingCAS) evidence of an active, unrestricted RN license for the state in which they are practicing nursing. Applicants whose RN license is restricted will be considered, provided the individual shares the conditions of the restriction set by the board of nursing and the college determines the academic program can accommodate those restrictions. If admitted, on-campus students must obtain an Ohio RN license. Online students must obtain an RN license from the state in which they currently live. For more information about obtaining an Ohio RN license, visit nursing.ohio.gov.

References

References also are submitted via NursingCAS. A minimum of three references are required; the college will accept as many as six. References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills; one must be from a current manager. Be certain to inform persons who provide recommendations of the deadline for receipt of credentials. You will enter contact information for identified recommenders during the NursingCAS online application.

Official Transcripts

Send transcripts directly to NursingCAS, not the college.

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended. (High school transcripts are not needed.) It is highly recommended that applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline to allow time to follow up on any potential issues. Transcripts are not needed at the same time an application is submitted, but must be received by the posted deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.) Successful completion (C or higher) of an undergraduate statistics course is also required. Those who have not earned a BSN by the application deadline are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended. (High school transcripts are not needed.) It is highly recommended that applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline to allow time to follow up on any potential issues. Transcripts are not needed at the same time an application is submitted, but must be received by the posted deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.)
  • To submit transcripts, applicants are strongly encouraged to use the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form. The "Colleges Attended" section of the NursingCAS application allows applicants to print transcript request forms. NursingCAS strongly recommends that you print and advise your registrar's office to attach a transcript request form to your official transcript. This form helps NursingCAS properly match your official transcripts to your NursingCAS application. If you have any previous names, please list this information within the "Biographic Information" section and this information will be included in your transcript matching form. Please Note: If the registrar does not accept this form, it is only recommended, not required.

  • The University of Cincinnati requires full coursework entry of all transcripts. We acknowledge that this process can be labor-intensive, and we encourage entering this information early in the application process. We encourage you to have your unofficial transcript(s) accessible when completing this section so that you can refer to them as you enter your coursework in the NursingCAS application. This can make the process quicker and easier. When entering coursework in NursingCAS, you must enter courses that are in progress or planned for future terms. Once you receive grades for these courses, you must log back into NursingCAS, add the course as a new course, and note the grade earned. Once all your coursework has been entered, you will be prompted to review and finalize your transcripts. Please review your coursework entry very carefully, as it cannot be edited once you submit your application. Failure to properly enter your coursework can result in a delay of transcript verification.

  • NursingCAS offers Professional Transcript Entry Service, by which applicants can have NursingCAS specialists enter their coursework entry on their behalf at a cost. (See additional information below.) It is the responsibility of the applicant to order their official transcript(s) from every institution of higher education ever attended and have them sent directly to NursingCAS. The Professional Transcript Entry Service does not include ordering official transcripts on behalf of the applicant. Only the applicant can order his or her transcripts.

  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

GRE Scores

The GRE is optional for DNP applicants. GRE scores are self-reported via the NursingCAS online application, with official scores sent electronically to the University of Cincinnati (code 1833). Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application. To schedule to take the GRE, visit ets.org/gre.

Resume

Submit a resume via NursingCAS. For security purposes, please do not include your date of birth or Social Security number.

Goal Statement

Submit a goal statement of 500 words or fewer via NursingCAS.

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.

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.

NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry Service

If you do not wish to enter all of your coursework yourself, NursingCAS offers applicants applying to a program that requires full transcript entry the option to have coursework professionally entered on their behalf by their specialists for an additional fee. NursingCAS coursework entry staff is available to enter all completed coursework taken at an accredited school on its school list. Given the nature of Not-Listed Schools, foreign coursework and planned/in-progress courses, this work is not eligible for professional transcript entry and must be entered by the applicant.

If you would like to take advantage of this service, visit the NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry page.  

The cost for NursingCAS professional transcript entry service is $65 for one to three transcripts, $90 for four to six transcripts, and $140 for seven transcripts or more. These fees are for coursework entry only and are in addition to NursingCAS regular application fees. As this is an optional service, no fee waivers are available for professional transcript entry.

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.

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.
    • Students must bring their iPad to the DNP intensive (mandatory campus visit) every semester.