Post Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Requirements

The following are the requirements for admission into the OHSU School of Nursing post Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Please see the international applicant web page for additional requirements if you are a resident of a country other than the United States.

  • Post Baccalaureate to DNP - Nurse Midwifery
  • Post Baccalaureate to DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post Baccalaureate to DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Prior Degree
It is expected that applicants to the post Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs have, or will have, a B.S. with a major in nursing or B.S.N. degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

RN Status

Work Experience

Depending on your program of interest, you may need at least one year of experience as an R.N. to qualify. Below is a list of programs that require or recommend work experience:

  • Certified Nurse Midwifery - recommended one year of labor and delivery experience.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - strongly recommended one year of experience as an R.N.

Grade Point Averages
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Minimum science GPA of a 3.0 (this includes coursework from departments such as anatomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, physiology, etc.)

Must successfully pass a basic statistics course with a grade of "B" or better within five years prior to entry into the master's program.

Go to course equivalency guide page

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Applicants are required to submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from the general test from ETS.  The OHSU School of Nursing code is 4900.  OHSU recommends a minimum score of 500 in each section (verbal and quantitative) as well as a minimum analytic writing score of 4.0 for the scoring scale used prior to August 2011 or a 144 in the quantitative section, 153 in the verbal section, and a minimum analytic writing score of 4.0 to be competitive.

*Applicants who already hold a graduate degree from an accredited US institution do not need to take the GRE.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of reference as a part of the application process, using the electronic reference form located in your Nursing CAS account . OHSU prefers that applicants submit references from the following:

  • A supervisor
  • An instructor
  • A co-worker or other

Example of Scholarly work

Applicants to the post baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are required to submit an example of scholarly writing. This can be a published paper, thesis, or research paper used as a part of a course requirement.


Please visit our applying page for detailed application instructions.