A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed to advance the careers of current nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, midwives, anesthetists, educators, and nursing and healthcare managers/executives. With this degree, you can teach the next generation of nurses, conduct research to advance the nursing field, assess and improve healthcare systems, and assume a leadership position within your specialty.
Some universities refer to their DNP program as an MSN-to-DNP (or MSN-DNP). While this may sound like a bridge program, it is the same as a DNP program. They both require students to have already earned their MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degree prior to enrolling in an MSN-DNP program. Occasionally, MSN-DNP programs are for students who want to earn their DNP at the same school as their MSN. In those cases, some schools allow students to earn DNP credits during the last semester of their MSN program.
A DNP is the highest level of education in this field, and can take between three to six years to complete, depending on the program. The biggest difference between a DNP and a PhD in Nursing is that a PhD is a research-focused degree, whereas a DNP is a practice-focused degree. You will still conduct research in a DNP degree program, but you will also have the opportunity to apply your research in a more direct, hands-on format while obtaining leadership skills to be used in clinical, administrative, and/or educational settings.
Featured Doctor Of Nursing Practice Programs
The MSN-DNP and DNP programs in this list are offered in online, hybrid, and traditional formats, with flexible scheduling, allowing you to work towards your degree on your timetable.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “Purdue Global’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to thrive in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. Our DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This program is offered online and can fit into the schedules of busy advanced nurses, allowing them to earn a valuable health care credential while continuing to work. This degree could open the door to new opportunities for clinical and leadership positions in a variety of roles.” Click Here to request information about this program.
MSN to DNP in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: “At Purdue Global, you can complete courses in the MSN to DNP program online, allowing you to continue working while you study at your convenience. The AGPCNP concentration gives you the chance to explore how to promote holistic health care to the adult population while diagnosing and managing their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system. Complete a clinical practice experience and apply theoretical knowledge while working with a qualified preceptor.” Click Here to request information about this program.
MSN to DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner: “Purdue Global’s Master of Science in Nursing – DNP path allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in advanced practice roles. In the FNP concentration, you’ll get to explore how to promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family context, while diagnosing and managing their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as advocates for clients as they interface with the health care system. Complete a clinical practice experience and apply theoretical knowledge while working with a qualified preceptor.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides broad and in-depth preparation for advanced practice and leadership roles in nursing. The program expands on current theoretical and scientific foundations of health care practice, including the discipline knowledge base, the design and evaluation of clinical solutions, and clinical and organizational change leadership. The program prepares nurse leaders to design and implement evidence-based strategies for practice that improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership: “The DNP in Educational Leadership, within the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon, prepares nurse leaders to design and implement evidence-based strategies for practice that improve healthcare education delivery, patient outcomes, and educational programs. Emphasis is placed on employing methods of curriculum design and development, applying teaching strategies, and designing assessments to evaluate teaching and learning outcomes.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “Liberty University is poised to help you take advantage of new opportunities with its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Nurses in this program learn to translate evidence-based research into practice to improve patient safety and quality of care. They also develop the ability to lead inter professional teams driving innovations to improve health care, systems, and policies through classes taught from a Christian worldview. Courses in this pathway are offered in an online cohort model with some required residency and practicums. Practicum hours may be available in your area if approved through your state approval process.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “Demand for nurses with a DNP degree continues to grow as employers recognize the unique contributions of these expert professionals. Colorado Technical University’s new DNP program is designed for licensed RNs with a master’s in nursing who are seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and are looking to move into advanced practice. Our program offers you the opportunity to study: Population health and epidemiology; Organization and systems leadership; Scientific underpinnings of nursing practice; Applying evidence-based practice and research to improve health outcomes; Information systems and health policies; and Advanced nursing practice.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “South University’s Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) online program is designed to produce highly-trained Nursing leaders, and is ideal for Advanced Practice Nurses who strive to drive change within the healthcare industry. The program is offered in a hybrid format, incorporating both online and on-ground educational experiences that support ongoing education for working nurses. Courses are provided online, with the clinical component on-ground, allowing DNP students to gain experiential learning from faculty experts in the field. Ultimately, this degree program provides practicing clinicians with the depth and breadth of clinical skill, leadership, and clinical inquiry competencies essential to achieving excellence in advanced nursing practice.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “The Doctor of Nursing practice degree at Sacred Heart University is a clinical doctorate requiring the completion of a scholarly project focusing on clinical nursing practice. Graduates of this program are prepared to transform practice, and lead and engage in practical, clinically focused scholarship and research. Additionally, graduates will be experts in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating healthcare delivery systems, and will be prepared to lead at the highest clinical and executive ranks.” Click Here to request information about this program.
MSN to DNP: “Prepare to advance your expertise – and your career – with an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN Entry) from Bradley University. The innovative curriculum of our 100% online DNP program is designed to prepare you for the highest level of nursing practice, research and leadership. Depending on which track you choose, course topics can include: Management in Healthcare Organizations; Healthcare Data Management; Planning, Decision Making and Performance Measurement; Principles of FNP Practice; Advanced Pharmacology; Evidence-Based Practice; and Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “Maryville University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to help prepare active nurses to become strong leaders who can not only transform and respond to today’s health care systems, but also advance the profession of nursing. This program provides practitioners with the opportunity to learn advanced skills and conduct clinical research to help them improve their quality of care and patient outcomes. The program’s online format allows a student the flexibility to continue their careers as they advance enhance their education in as few as 18 months.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner: “The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares advanced practice clinicians to meet growing societal healthcare needs. Providing the curriculum and professional support of a top-ranked Seventh-day Adventist Christian university, Andrews University’s Department of Nursing allows working nurses to apply evidence-based knowledge and skills to their present career, positioning them for leadership roles in the healthcare industry. Upon completion, graduates who earn a DNP will also gain the expertise required to practice as Family Nurse Practitioners.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Indiana Wesleyan is a terminal degree designed to prepare nurses at an advanced level of nursing science. The program emphasizes the development of the student’s capacity to impact the clinical setting as a leader and to utilize clinical research to improve and transform healthcare. This program will prepare students to: Lead healthcare delivery teams; Apply creative and culturally sensitive approaches in the comprehensive assessment of healthcare systems; Develop innovative practice approaches; Influence healthcare policy from an interprofessional perspective to improve health outcomes; and more.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “The online DNP program at Nova is designed for nurses with who are currently nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, midwives, anesthetists, educators, and managers/executives. During the program, you’ll identify healthcare problems that need relevant solutions, study evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking to turn complex research into a real-world applications. By graduation, you’re a nurse who can: Implement and evaluate nursing practices based on scientific knowledge; Demonstrate expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical prevention and population health activities; Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice; and more.” Click Here to request information about this program.
MSN to DNP: “Earn your DNP, the highest practice degree in nursing, from USAHS, a university committed to the development of professional healthcare practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality education. DNP courses are offered online to meet the needs of working students, allowing you to further your education while pursuing your nursing career. Students with MSN degrees from accredited universities can complete the DNP degree in 2 to 3 years. You will also have practicum and residency opportunities, including an International Service option allowing you to develop a global perspective on health and patient care.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “The online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Duquesne University enables the graduates to transform the health care delivery system and design new systems to improve the context in which health care is offered. Nurses prepared at the DNP level will function from a strong evidence based foundation, effectively assessing health care policy, organizational effectiveness, and economic trends in health care to design new models for patient care services. The practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice, and offers an alternative to research focused doctoral programs.” Click Here to request information about this program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: “A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Baylor is the optimal pathway for registered nurses with an MSN who are seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice. Graduates of the online DNP program are prepared as exemplary nursing leaders and visionary nurses who can actively shape and improve patient outcomes, policy, process and the future of nursing. Students can pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse-Midwifery DNP degree track.” Click Here to request information about this program.