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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 health care industry.

The UC College of Nursing will be embarking upon a new doctoral pathway in Spring 2016. The launch of the BSN to DNP program offers a unique opportunity to bachelor’s prepared nurses to obtain both a master’s level and doctor of nursing practice education in an abbreviated time span.

As a result, some of the MSN tracks will be discontinued including the MSN in nurse anesthesia and the MSN in nursing administration. The last MSN cohort for nurse anesthesia will begin Fall 2015.

More details on the BSN to DNP programs are forthcoming.


Post MSN to DNP BSN to DNP (Spring 2016)

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.

DNP Program Objectives

  1. Provide and/or direct exemplary patient care within the scope of practice for the specialty.
  2. Integrate nursing science with knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, political, economic, organizational and analytical sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
  3. Apply concepts related to clinical prevention in developing and evaluating interventions and programs to address health promotion/disease prevention efforts.
  4. Demonstrate leadership for the delivery of ethical, safe, cost-effective, high quality health care through expert collaboration, consultation, analysis and administration.
  5. Develop quality programs designed to improve health care of individuals, populations, or society through the use of multidisciplinary teams.
  6. Demonstrate the conceptual ability and technical skills to develop and execute an evaluation plan involving data extraction from clinical information.
  7. Formulate strategies for the development of institutional, local, or national health policy.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The requirements for conferring the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree include successful completion of:

  1. a minimum of 45 semesters credit hours post-MSN; 90 semester credit hours post-BSN of required courses taken in the appropriate sequence for the enrolled major;
  2. Completing the appropriate forms with the University Graduate School by the defined deadline;
  3. Payment of all delinquent university/college obligations; and
  4. Completion of program requirements within 5 years from matriculation date.

Critical Requirements

Prior to beginning course work, accepted students must provide satisfactory evidence of:

  • A current license to practice as a registered nurse; and
  • A health history and required immunizations.

Major Requirements

The minimum number of required credit hours of study in each major varies. The majors are designed so that graduates are eligible to meet certification requirements in their chosen specialty. For information regarding requirements for each major contact the College's Office of Student Affairs. A minimum enrollment is required for a major or course to be offered.

DNP Information Session

The DNP offers an option for nurses who choose to maintain focus on providing leadership in nursing practice.

Click here to receive more information or to register for an information session.


Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.