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University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was developed to meet the demand for nurse leaders in an increasingly complex healthcare industry.


The DNP program is directly related to the mission of the UC CON. The mission, to "develop nurse leaders who are empowered to generate, explore, and apply nursing knowledge for evolving healthcare environments," is epitomized in this curriculum.

The DNP offers an option for nurses who choose to maintain focus on providing leadership in nursing practice. Potential students for this program are committed to a career focused on the direct or indirect delivery of high quality nursing care and the improvement in outcomes of care. The primary areas of emphasis in this program are the advanced practice of nursing, utilizing best evidence in the delivery of nursing practice, and leadership in complex healthcare systems. A highly experienced faculty is dedicated to students’ success.

Career Opportunities

The DNP graduate is well-prepared to serve as a practice leader within health care systems or academic settings. Opportunities include organizational and system leadership, development and implementation of health policy, and the planning, management, and evaluation of programs for health promotion, risk reduction, and health restoration.

Program Options

Nurses who have a Master’s degree in nursing will earn the DNP in approximately 45 full-time semester hours. Eligible candidates must have a Master of Science in Nursing degree in one of the following programs leading to specialty certification: NP or CNS; Community/Public/Occupational Health; Nurse Administration; Nurse Anesthesia; or Nurse Midwifery.

Program of Study

The DNP program may be completed in four full-time semesters. Each semester contains 3-4 courses with practicum hours beginning in semester two. Courses are offered in block format, in which students are required to attend on-site one week each semester.


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