Our Doctor of Nurse Practice program has an option that fits your goals and experience, whether you:
- have your BSN
- have your master's in nursing or a related field
- are already a nurse practitioner
- are looking to change your specialty.
Through these DNP pathways, you'll be able to focus your energy and resources on only those courses that you need to achieve your goals.
What DNP pathway do you choose?
|I have a …||BSN||Master’s in Nursing* or a Related Field||Graduate Degree in Nursing (MSN*, DNP, or PhD) |
Doctoral Degree (DNP, Phd, EdD, etc.)
|What is your situation?||You’re interested in a career as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist.||You want to become an advanced practice registered nurse. You’ll choose a specialty.||You’re already an advanced practice registered nurse or you’re not interested in becoming one.||You want to add or change your area of specialty.|
|Why is it a good fit?||The DNP allows you to specialize in one of eight areas in which you can excel in direct patient care. The program will prepare you for board certification.||The DNP allows you to specialize in one of eight areas in which you can excel in direct patient care. The program will prepare you for board certification.||You want to earn a DNP. No need to retake all the courses you took to earn your master’s degree. Complete only those courses necessary to earn the DNP.||
You’ll complete a post-doctoral certificate that allows you to take only those courses necessary for certification in that specialty.**
|How many credits?||80-93||48-93||as few as 37||13-62|
|Your pathway ...||post-baccalaureate DNP with specialty||post-master's DNP with specialty||post-master's DNP||post-doctoral certificate|
|(See below for more information on each DNP pathway.)|
* If you have a master’s specialty in education, please call us for information about the best pathway to your DNP.
** This option is not yet available for our Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthesia specialties.