College of Nursing

BSN-DNP (Post-Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice)


Graduate application materials are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) A supplemental application is also required and can be found at Program admission cycle information posted at

Established in 2012, the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at The University of Toledo is designed to take the BSN prepared nurses to the highest level of clinical practice in order to meet the increasing complexities and challenges of the nation's healthcare environment. As a DNP student at The University of Toledo you will learn how to:

  • Translate and implement nursing research into evidence-based practice to provide the best possible outcomes for your population of interest
  • Work as an advanced practice nurse in a variety of community and hospital-based practice settings
  • Develop the leadership and organizational expertise to effectively enact the policies and procedures necessary to meet the dynamic state of healthcare delivery
  • Identify approaches for quality management and performance improvement in health care organizations

The DNP curriculum includes theoretical and clinical courses to prepare students to lead and develop innovative healthcare delivery in a variety of healthcare settings. In accordance with AACN specifications for 1000 academically supervised post-BSN clinical hours to earn a DNP degree, 1060-1150 hours of academically supervised advanced clinical practice are included in the program. Program majors include Family Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) certification corresponding to their population of foci upon graduation. 

Frequently Asked Questions for BSN-DNP program

Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate in Nursing from a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for nursing education.
  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework.
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended are submitted through NursingCAS.
  • Personal statement, which includes the following: congruence of professional career goals with outcomes of the DNP program; rationale to pursue DNP education; description of abilities to achieve the outcomes of the program; discuss clinical area of interest; identification of anticipated challenges in meeting the outcomes of the program and how these challenges will be met. Submit your personal statement via the "Personal Statement" section of the NursingCAS, title it "University of Toledo."
  • Current resume or CV, listing current state and/or territory RN license number.
  • Upload a copy of your current resume or CV in the "Documents Upload" section of NursingCAS.
  • Three recommendation forms completed by professional sources; submitted electronically on your behalf via the "References" section of NursingCAS.
  • Active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license with eligibility to obtain Ohio RN licensure.
  • Interview.
  • Computer competency that includes word processing skills and the ability to communicate electronically.
  • Undergraduate statistics course recommended but not required.
  • The General Subject GRE and TOEFL* or IELTS* are required for all applicants whose native language is not English based on the requirements of the UT College of Graduate Studies. Official results are to be sent to institutional code 1845. *minimum required test scores:
  • Admission is competitive; students are admitted to the BSN-DNP Program for fall semester only.

+Applicants must attach the file on designations page to The University of Toledo in order for the school to have access to the file.

*Students accepting admission to the College of Nursing are required to authorize The University of Toledo to obtain criminal record checks (i.e., BCII and FBI) and are responsible for fingerprinting expenses. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses that occur prior to admission to the nursing program and/or during the program progression. In compliance with Ohio Revised Code 4723-7 convictions will result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal after matriculation.

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Last Updated: 12/13/18