Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

As a DNP student, you’ll prepare for a role as an advanced practice nurse to provide leadership and apply research evidence to clinical practice, and contribute to improved healthcare outcomes via direct practice, policy change, systems evaluation, and practice scholarship.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), offering an advanced practice nursing program at the doctoral level serves as a   "...response to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. It supports advanced practice nurses in securing … the knowledge required to provide leadership in the discipline of nursing," a discipline that is complex and rapidly changing.

Kent State University offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with 2 entry points. 

  • Post-MSN to DNP (100% Online)
  • Post-BSN to DNP

Post-MSN to DNP (100% Online)

The Post-MSN to DNP emphasizes the interplay among advances in scientific knowledge, technology, and information systems in support of quality patient care outcomes and their impact on human health. It can be taken 100% online. Up to 34 credits hours and 500 practicum hours from your master's degree may be applied toward your degree requirements.

Post-BSN to DNP

The Post-BSN to DNP degree builds on the highly successful MSN clinical programs. The DNP program prepares students to function in clinical, managerial or leadership roles as dictated by their concentration and role specialties. Scaffolding onto the Nurse Practitioner (NP) and the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) concentrations, the Post-BSN to DNP program develops our future nursing leaders who will influence clinical practice and health care policy.

As a Post-BSN to DNP student, you will choose from these advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentrations:

Program Director

Karen Mascolo Karen Mascolo
Assistant Professor
(330) 672-8809

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