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(minimum of 35 credits)

Nurses with an earned Master of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to apply for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program if their master’s degree is in an advanced practice specialty. Advanced practice is defined as direct care specialization (e.g., nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife) or indirect care specialization (e.g., nursing administration, health informatics). The curriculum for these students recognizes their attainment of the advanced practice specialty master’s degree. Depending on the advanced practice specialty, students may or may not have prerequisites to meet prior to or concurrent with admission to the program.

Students pursuing the MSN-to-DNP pathway begin classes in the fall semester. The curriculum is offered online with executive-style on-campus sessions (two to three days) once a semester for the first four semesters of the program. Typically, students work full time and take two courses per semester for five to six semesters. The DNP project is usually conducted at the student’s place of employment.

The MSN-to-DNP admission criteria provide complete requirements for entry into the DNP program.