MSN to DNP

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


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.


Program Options

Nurses who have a Master’s degree in nursing will earn the DNP in approximately 42 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.


Curriculum

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.


Full-Time Semester Schema

Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester 1

NDNP 9006
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NURS 9004
Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice
3 credits

NDNP 9001
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 8001
DNP Role Seminar
3 credits

NDNP 9030
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects
4 credits

NDNP 9015
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
3 credits

NDNP 9025
DNP Practicum 1
3 credits

Total credit hours: 12
Total credit hours: 10
Total practicum hours: 168
Fall Semester 2 Spring Semester 2

NURS 8014
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

NDNP 8010
Finance and Economics of Health Care
3 credits

NDNP 9035
DNP Practicum 2
3 credits

NDNP 9040
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042
Capstone writing seminar
3 credits

NDNP 9010
Healthcare Policy for the Doctoral Prepared Nurse
3 credits

NDNP 9038
DNP Practicum 3
3 credits

Total credit hours: 9
Total practicum hours: 168
Total credit hours: 11
Total practicum hours: 168
Program total practicum hours: 504
Program total semester hours: 42

Part-Time Semester Schema

Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester 1

NDNP 9006
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NDNP 8001
DNP Role Seminar
3 credits

NDNP 9015
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
3 credits

NDNP 9030
Planning, Management and Evaluation of Programs and Projects
4 credits

Total Credit hours: 7 Total credit hours: 7
Fall Semester 2 Spring Semester 2

NDNP 9001
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 8010
Finance and Economics of Health Care 
3 credits

NDNP 9004
Biostatistics
3 credits

NDNP 9010
Healthcare Policy for the Doctoral Prepared Nurse
3 credits

NDNP 9025
DNP Practicum 1
3 credits

Total credit hours: 8 Total credit hours: 6
Total practicum hours: 168
Fall Semester 3 Spring Semester 3

NURS 8014
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

NDNP 9035
DNP Practicum 2
3 credits

NDNP 9040
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042
DNP Capstone Seminar
3 credits

NDNP 9038
DNP Practicum 3
3 credits

Total credit hours: 6
Total practicum hours: 168
Total credit hours: 8
Total practicum hours: 168
Program total practicum hours: 504
Program total semester hours: 42

State Regulations

Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing and the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will not accept applications for our Post MSN to DNP hybrid program from students residing in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Washington