BSN Entry to DNP — Deadlines and Process

Through our rolling admissions process, applicants are considered and notified of an admission decision on a first-come, first served basis. Once an application is submitted, our admissions team will carefully review the application and the chosen specialty will determine whether to make an offer of admission. Applicants will be contacted individually if the faculty chooses to perform an interview.

Specialties may close admissions before the final March 1, 2024 deadline if all seats have been filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Process Timeframe
Applications open for 2024 admissions Early September 2023
Final application deadline for 2024 admissions March 1, 2024
Screening of applications and notice of admission or non-admission Applications are screened and admission decisions are made as applications are submitted. 
Classes begin Mid-June 2024

Starting Your Application

The BSN Entry to DNP pathway begins in summer 2024. Start an application for the BSN Entry to DNP pathway and follow these steps:

  • For "Academic Level," select “Professional Doctorate.”
  • For "Degree Program," select “Nursing Practice, DNP.”
  • For the question “When will you be entering UCSF?,” select “Summer 2024”

Admissions Notification

Our Office of Student Affairs reviews submitted applications to ensure they are complete. A submitted application is defined as complete when all the required information, transcripts and letters of recommendation have been received. Our Office of Student Affairs will send applicants a notice confirming their application is complete.   

Once the application has been deemed complete, the specialty and DNP faculty will carefully review the application and determine whether to make an admission offer, to make a decision of non-admission, or to place the applicant on a waitlist for admission. You can expect to be notified of this decision no later than eight to 10 weeks of receiving the notice that confirms your application is complete. For applications submitted close to the final March 1, 2024 deadline, the notice of admission or non-admission will be given by April 30, 2024. If you receive an admission offer, you will have two weeks to consider it.

The UCSF School of Nursing does not grant many admission deferrals. We will generally only grant deferments for admitted students who have/will fulfill the conditions outlined on their admission contract AND meet one of the following circumstances:

  • A serious medical condition(s) and/or treatment(s)
  • Active military orders and/or service
  • Religious missions
  • Other extenuating circumstance

All deferral requests must be received by May 1. The request must be submitted in writing, clearly state one of the above reasons and be addressed to the Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs at [email protected]. Approval of a deferral request is not guaranteed. If a deferral request is not approved, you have the option to reapply for admission in the subsequent application cycle. Please note that admission is not assured.

We're Here to Help

If you have questions, please contact [email protected] and a member of our Student Affairs team will respond to your inquiry. Start your application and sign up to receive announcements about this pathway, including application criteria and information sessions.