Become an impactful leader in healthcare.
As a respected leader in health care professions, Ursuline College delivers a distinctive, personalized nursing doctorate program.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced-level, terminal degree for MSN graduates who wish to become influential in nursing practice, administration, and education. The program develops innovative nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice to optimize health care delivery. As a graduate of the online DNP program, you will be prepared for roles in direct or indirect systems-focused care.
The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, in addition to providing excellent care to patients, is to optimize health care delivery through effective systems transformation, or planned change. As DNP degree holders plan and implement their practice with individuals and populations, they integrate the spiritual, biological, social, psychological and cultural factors that influence human responses to health and illness.
Listen to Associate Professor Mary Beth Zeni, RN, ScD, share her experiences as a nurse researcher in this Year of the Nurse video. In the video, she shares how her research on upstream factors that contributed to adverse health outcomes influenced her nursing practice at regional perinatal centers in this Year of the Nurse video.
The National League for Nursing has designated the Breen School of Nursing a national Center of Excellence and U.S. News & World Report ranks Ursuline's nursing programs among the nation's top nursing programs.
Online DNP Degree Overview
How long is the DNP Program?
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is structured as an on-going, year-round program 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. Each student designs an individualized curriculum plan with an academic advisor. Courses are offered online through an enhanced learning management platform with ready access to support. Direct faculty involvement is ongoing and accessible for each learning module. Students collaborate with faculty online, in person, or via conference calls to meet individual needs.
How will a Doctorate in Nursing advance my career?
DNP degree holders will be prepared as clinical and researcher leaders to:
- Implement the highest levels and quality of advanced nursing care
- Provide leadership in health care organizations for the promotion of comprehensive, holistic patient care
- Lead change within integrated health care systems
- Make decisions based on the integration of a strong knowledge base, personal and professional values and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives
- Utilize evidence-based practice, including the use of informatics, to meet the health promotion, maintenance, and restoration needs of individuals, families, groups, systems and communities
- Implement policy-based approaches to health care that advance population health
- Function in independent and interdependent roles as the colleagues of other health professionals in various health care settings
Online DNP Program 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.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Cost
Reduced Tuition for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
In response to the rising call for nurse leadership in healthcare systems, Ursuline College reduced tuition for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and post-graduate certificate programs from $1,214 in 2019 to $868 per credit hour for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Admission Requirements: Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP, Online Program
Students applying for admission to Ursuline's Doctor of Nursing Practice online program must meet the general requirements for admission to all graduate programs and the specific requirements of the online DNP program. For the DNP program, admission requirements are as follows:
General Admission Requirements
Succinctly written statement of clearly defined career goals consistent with expectations for Doctor of Nursing Practice educational preparation. This document should identify the 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. Transcripts are required whether 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 successful completion of the online DNP program.
Personal interview with faculty after an initial screening and request from the DNP program admissions committee. The purpose of the interview is to assess educational interests and motivation for successful completion of doctoral study in the online DNP program.
DNP Program-Specific Admission Requirements
- Current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license.
- Updated resume reflecting a minimum of one-year work experience as a registered nurse. Nursing experience must be within the past two years.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Application Deadline
Applicants to this nursing doctorate program 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 online DNP program or the acceptance is voided.
Students wishing to transfer into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must be in good academic standing at their current institutions. Acceptable transfer credits are determined by the College.