DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE - BSN TO DNP PROGRAM
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, was 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.
Steps to Apply for the BSN to DNP Program
1. Apply or Reapply for Admission to NWOSU
Application for Admission www.nwosu.edu/apply-online (for students who have not attended NWOSU before)
Application for Readmission www.nwosu.edu/forms/application-for-readmission ( for those who have attend NWOSU before)
Send in official transcripts
Complete the Immunization form at www.nwosu.edu/forms/immunization-form
2. Complete the Application for Doctor of Nursing Practice
3. Complete the DNP Acknowledgement of General Information Form
4. Verification of Employment Letters (to be completed by January 15)
5. Students must submit three reference from teachers of employers
DNP Applicant Reference Form (to be filled out by applicant): Reference Information Form
DNP Program-Person Serving as Reference Applicant Form(to be filled out by three of your references): Person Serving as Reference for DNP Applicant
6. Certified Background Check (Castlebranch Information)
Required Document needed for the application will include the following:
- Official Transcripts
- Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Written Essay
- RN License
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 October 1.
Application deadline is January 15. (Extended for a brief time! Don't miss out! Apply now!)
(Applications accepted for entry into the next fall semester class)
For more information on the Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice (DNP), contact:
Dr. Courtney Ballina
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director
Assistant 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
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 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 a review of graduate transcripts and meeting with program faculty.
Residency week is held annually in July. Students are required to reside in the dorms for the 6-day residency, which begins on a Sunday and concludes on a Friday.
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 MSN applicant transcripts will be reviewed to determine deficits in courses needed to fulfill the AACN DNP Essentials Criteria. Students may need to take additional DNP curriculum courses to fill any identified deficit.
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
Why Choose the BSN to DNP Program?
Produces exceptional nurse leaders who are well-prepared to translate research evidence to clinical practice, serve patients at the highest level, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions with the transition to the DNP. Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Pharmacy (Pharm D), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Audiology (AudD) all require to offer practice doctorates.
Provides the graduates with enhanced leadership skills to strengthen practice and health care delivery and improve quality patient outcomes.
Explore the Different Advanced Practice Roles
Explore the Different Advanced Practice Roles
There are four nationally-recognized roles for advanced practice nurses: Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The American Nurses Associate describes these roles:
APRNs Practice Specialty Roles
- Nurse Practitioners provide primary, acute, and specialty health care across the lifespan through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses and injuries.
- Watch Dr. Pat Thompson, DNP, MSN, APRN-CNP, FNP-C, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director and Associate Professor at NWOSU, as she visits with Lindsay Garinger, MSN, APRN-CNP, Great Salt Plains, Enid, OK, about her experiences: https://youtu.be/K8MJ-lb8r0o
- Certified Nurse-Midwives provide primary, gynecological, and reproductive health care.
- Watch NWOSU's Dr. Yvette Lowery, DNP, MSN/Ed,. FNP-c, CCRN,CEN,PCCN, visit with Joymarie Steely MSN, CNM, Jacksonville, Florida, about her experiences: https://youtu.be/Gn1KvdblzM0
- Clinical Nurse Specialists provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of patients; provide expertise and support to nurses caring for patients; help drive practice changes throughout the organization; and ensure use of best practices and evidence-based care to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
- Watch Emma Kientz, DNP, MSN, APRN-CNS, CNE, of Broken Arrow, OK, while she talks about her experiences: https://youtu.be/sgekvm0XW5o
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide a full range of anesthesia and pain management services.
- Watch NWOSU's Dr. Hazle Courtney Ballina, DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP-C, visit with Nathan Scottum, MSN, ARNP, CRNA, about his experiences: https://youtu.be/gxojtFC-PJM
We have created these videos to introduce you to an advanced practice nurse in each role. Please read the FAQ sheet to learn additional information as you are deciding on your career path.
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.
DNP Student Learning Outcomes
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:
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.
Design, direct, and evaluate system changes to promote safe, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.
Provide leadership in the provision and transformation of health care through effective interprofessional collaboration and communication.
Apply technology and policy development to promote health, reduce risk, enhance patient outcomes, and improve complex health care delivery systems.
Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
Evaluate innovative approaches to complex health issues leading to safe and holistic care for individuals, families, communities, and vulnerable populations.
Demonstrate clinical expertise, critical thinking, and accountability in designing and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient/client outcomes.