BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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BSN to DNP Program 

A new program to prepare DNPs who can become certified Family Nurse Practitioners in their home communities and surrounding areas without first earning a Master's Degree.


[Application deadline March 20, 2017]

(Applications are only accepted for the fall semester of every year)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused doctorate, rather than the traditional research-focused doctorate.

Why the DNP??

The DNP:

  • Provides the graduates with enhanced scientific knowledge required for safe nursing practice in an increasingly complex health care system.
  • Provides an advanced educational credential for those who require advanced practice knowledge but who do not need or want a research focus. 
  • Prepares the graduates to be on par with other health professions that the clinical doctorate serves as the minimum degree required (medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy)
  • The Institutes of Medicine proclaimed a huge need for more doctorally prepared nurses who can practice to their full scope of authority with a need to double the population by 2020.
  • Provides the graduates with enhanced leadership skills to strengthen practice and health care delivery.

Admission Requirements for the BSN to DNP Program

  1. Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN (NLNAC), CCNE, or CNEA accredited program. 
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours for the courses required for the undergraduate nursing degree (BSN).
  3. Current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Oklahoma or be in the process of obtaining such licensure from the state of Oklahoma.  Out-of-state students must provide proof of unrestricted licensure to practice in their resident state as a registered nurse.
  4. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Application may be made for conditional admission by students having an overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.50 with five years having passed since the date of completion of the BSN degree.
  6. Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency. Evidence may include (1) completing a four-year bachelor's degree in Nursing from a U.S. institution; (2) students must meet the English language requirements of an official TOEFL score (520 for paper-based test, 190 for computer-based test or 68 for an internet-based test), or IELTS score (6.5 or higher) is required for all students for whom English is a second language.  The TOEFL must have been taken within the last two (2) years.  NOTE: Scores may be higher. 
  7. Submission of a completed Program Application with essay and current resume.
  8. Submission of three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to academic ability, professional competency and personal character. 
  9. Phone or in-person interview as requested by program faculty.
  10. Application and acceptance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. 

Advanced Placement Option (MSN to DNP Option)

Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited graduate level (Masters of Science in Nursing) advanced practice registered nursing education program as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and are currently certified in an advanced practice specialty consistent with educational preparation are eligible to apply to complete the DNP at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Advanced practice licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner as prescribed by the applicant's state of residency is required. 

Other MSN-prepared nurses will be considered for admission after review of graduate transcripts and meeting with program faculty.