Frequently Asked Questions

No, you must have a Master of Science in Nursing from a program that leads to certification in one of the following: nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, community/public/occupational health, nursing administration, nurse anesthesia or nurse midwifery.

No, nurses in indirect practice roles, such as nurse administrators, also are eligible for admission. Note: This program does not prepare students for advanced practice nursing certification exams without additional core and specialty courses.

If your master's grade point average is a 3.25 or higher, you are not required to take the GRE.

Yes, practicum hours are related to practice leadership, the application of evidence-based practice, course objectives and your topic of interest, which you will develop in your capstone project. If your topic relates to your work environment, a portion of your work hours may apply to your practicum requirements.

The AACN recommends at least 500 post-master's practicum hours for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The University of Cincinnati requires 504 hours.

No, the focus and requirements of the DNP and PhD differ. The DNP project focuses on applying knowledge and evidence-based practice, rather than generation and defense of new knowledge, in the case of the PhD dissertation. In addition, DNP students complete practicum hours in lieu of a dissertation.

The program is offered in a convenient block format whereby students attend onsite classes for 4-5 days at the start of each semester, and then complete the coursework both synchronously and asynchronously in an online format. Students will return to campus for this immersion experience once each term while enrolled in the program. DNP courses are offered every semester (fall, spring and summer) for students' convenience.

No, students are not permitted to take courses as non-matriculating students prior to the start of the program.