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Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s first doctoral program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), enrolled its first class in August 2017.

Northwestern is one of only two public universities in Oklahoma to offer a Family Nurse Practioner program, is the FIRST public university with a BSN to DNP offering, and the only program in the state with an emphasis on nursing in rural communities.

This hybrid program will prepare DNPs to become certified Family Nurse Practitioners in their home communities and surrounding areas without first earning a master’s degree. It is a practice-focused doctorate, rather than the traditional research-focused doctorate, and will place an emphasis on health care in rural areas. 

BSN to DNP Admission Requirements & Applications

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the various Admissions Requirements you will need to satisfy to apply for this BSN to DNP Program.

Please visit Apply For Admission - Graduate Students and look for the gray tabs titled "Doctoral Program: Admission Requirements" and "Doctoral Program: Application and Requirements" for additional information on this program.

This information includes the Application for Admission to Northwestern for students who have not attended Northwestern before, the Application for Readmission to Northwestern for those who have attended Northwestern, and an Application to the DNP Program.

BSN to DNP Program Costs

To learn more about the costs involved with this online doctorate program, please see Graduate Degree Program Costs .


Applications open January 1.

Application deadline is March 1.

(Applications accepted each spring for entry into the fall semester class)

Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing program

For more information on the Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice (DNP), contact:

Dr. Pat Thompson
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director
Associate Professor of Nursing Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing (580)-327-8497

Melissa Brown, M.Ed
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Administrative Assistant
(580) 327-8442









Advanced Placement


    There is an Advanced Placement DNP option for Students who have already completed a Master's Degree in Nursing with the Family Nurse Practitioner Focus and are nationally certified as FNPs. This option includes a planned total of 37 to 39 credit hours post-Master's in Nursing degree.  The transcripts of the MSN applicant will be reviewed to determine deficits that exceed the classes listed in this plan needed to fulfill the AACN DNP Essentials Criteria. Students may need to take additional DNP curriculum courses to fill any identified deficit.

    Required Courses

    NURS 6010 - Program Orientation (0 Credits)

    NURS 6123 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)

    NURS 6153 - Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)

    NURS 6213 - Theory for Evidence-Based Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)

    NURS 6243 - Population Health and Health Promotion (3 credits) 

    NURS 6412 - Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities (2 credits) 

    NURS 6423 - Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications (3 credits) 

    NURS 6253 - Health Systems- Informatics and Quality Management (3 credits) 

    NURS 6263 - Health Policy, Ethics and Economics and Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits) 

    NURS 6432 - Role Development for the DNP (2 credits) 

    NURS 6233 - Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits) 

    NURS 6373 - Gerontology in Primary Care (3 credits) 

    NURS6374 - Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology (4 credits) 

    NURS 6414 - DNP Practicum in Family Nursing (4 credits) 

NURS 6511 - DNP Project

NURS 6521 - DNP Project

NURS 6531 - DNP Project

NURS 6541 - DNP Project

DNP Curriculum

The DNP Curriculum consists of 73 credit hours and will feature an online component with a required summer residency program. The program also includes 1,020 practicum hours. Students may enter on a full-time (three-year plan) or part-time (four-year plan) basis. Additional plans may be considered on an individual basis. 

Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited graduate level -- Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) -- 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 will be considered for the Advanced Placement DNP Option, which requires 37 - 39 credit hours (see Advanced Placement in the left gray tab). 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.

Minimum Technology Requirements

All Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing students must have access to a computer for assignments and testing.  All online students are required to have Webcam with microphone capabilities and a scanner for submission of required assignment materials.


Minimum Technology Requirements:

Broadband Internet Access - Hard-wired access preferred

•  2 GB RAM (minimum) 
•  2.9 GHz Processor (minimum) 
•  20 GB hard drive (minimum) 
•  Windows 7 or higher  
•  Web Browser (IE 8.0 or higher, Firefox Stable Channel Release, Chrome Stable Channel Release) 
•  Microsoft Office 2003 Suite or higher 
•  Adobe Reader 9 or higher 
•  Windows Media Player 7 or higher 

Additional program-specific applications may be required.

Residency Week

Residency week for 2020 will be July 12-17. More information to come.

Student Learning Outcomes for DNP

The Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates of the NWOSU Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing are able to:

  1. Evaluate and utilize advanced nursing knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines to identify, develop, and implement best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
  2. Design, direct, and evaluate system changes to promote safe, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.
  3. Provide leadership in the provision and transformation of health care through effective interprofessional collaboration and communication.
  4. Apply technology and policy development to promote health, reduce risk, enhance patient outcomes and improve complex health care delivery systems.
  5.  Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
  6. Evaluate innovative approaches to complex health issues leading to safe and holistic care for individuals, families, communities, and vulnerable populations.
  7. Demonstrate clinical expertise, critical thinking and accountability in designing and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient/client outcomes.  

Why Choose the BSN to DNP Program?

  • 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 Institute 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. 

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