Help transform health systems and optimize health care delivery. Explore this online pathway to nursing administration, education and leadership.
Do you wish to become influential in nursing practice, administration, and education? The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced-level, terminal degree for MSN graduates.
This online doctorate in nursing program focuses on developing nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice for optimizing health care delivery through effective systems transformation. Graduates are prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.
The online Doctor of Nursing Practice program is structured in an on-going, year-round format with courses offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students progress at their own pace through the completion of course work and competency-based online learning modules.
Online DNP Accreditation
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ursuline College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. U.S. News & World Report ranks Ursuline's DNP program #4 in Ohio in its 2019 ranking of the nation's Best Nursing Schools.
Read more about the program in our DNP Post-Master's Handbook.
Careers: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program
Through the advanced practice core, online doctorate in nursing students develop the knowledge and skills to become advanced practice nurses.
As an Ursuline College DNP graduate, you will:
- Be a leader in nursing and function in both independent and interdependent roles as a colleague of other health care professionals in a variety of settings
- Value healing interaction as central to practice by integrating the human experience of health, illness and healing
- Make decisions and take action based on the integration of a strong knowledge base; personal and professional values; and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives
- Be an advocate for a just society including the promotion of high quality, cost-effective health care for all
Admission Requirements: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program
Students applying for admission must meet both the general requirements for admission to all graduate programs and the specific requirements of the particular program of study.
General Admission Requirements
- Application for Graduate Studies include a succinctly written statement of clearly defined career goals consistent with expectations for DNP educational preparation and addressing proposed area of interest for scholarly project (no more than two pages).
- Application for admission may be submitted online at ursuline.edu/apply.
- Non-refundable $25 application fee.
- All official transcript(s) for a master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or CNEA accredited program and any additional undergraduate or graduate academic coursework whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcript(s) must be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admission directly by the issuing institution.
- Evidence of ability to do graduate work as indicated by a minimum 3.0 GPA shown on the applicant’s transcript(s).
- Two letters of recommendation from previous faculty members and/or employers focusing on the applicant’s previous work and potential for successfully completing the DNP program.
- After an initial screening of candidates, and at the request of the DNP program admissions committee, applicants may be asked to complete a personal interview with faculty. The purpose of the interview is to assess educational interests and motivation for successful completion of doctoral study in the DNP program.
DNP-Specific Admission Requirements
- Current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license.
- A current resume reflecting a minimum of one year work experience as a registered nurse. Nursing experience must be within the past two years.
International students, in addition to the above criteria, must also comply with Ursuline College’s procedures for admission as an international student.
Applicants are encouraged to initiate formal application within one month of the semester in which you plan to enroll. Graduate nursing courses begin in the fall and spring semesters. Applicants who delay must register for courses within two years of acceptance into the DNP program or the acceptance is voided. Students wishing to transfer into the DNP program must be in good academic standing at their current institutions. Acceptable transfer credits are determined by the College.