Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice is meant for nurses with a master’s degree who want to continue their education and become leaders in the increasingly complex health care field.

Completion Options

Nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice in four semesters as a full-time student, or six semesters as a part-time student. Full-time students enroll in three or four courses per semester and part-time students typically enroll in two or three courses per semester.


Applicants must have a Master of Science in Nursing. For more details, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.


The DNP focuses on leadership, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. The following schemas show full- and part-time options.

  • Total Semester Hours: 42
  • Total Clinical Hours: 504
This program is offered online; however, students must attend a one- or two- day, on-campus orientation in the first fall semester of their program and return to campus to defend their DNP project in the final semester of their program. For more information, visit the On-Campus Requirement page.

Post-MSN DNP with NP Pathway

Current advanced-practice registered nurses can earn an additional advanced-practice specialty degree with their DNP by combining the Post-MSN DNP with a Post-MSN Certificate program in one of the following specialty areas:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (on campus only)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Acute Care NP
  • Psych-Mental Health NP

Interested applicants must have a Master of Science in Nursing in an advanced-practice specialty and at least one year of relevant APRN experience. To enter the Post-MSN with NP Pathway program, nurses must apply to the applicable BSN-DNP specialty program. Individuals are considered for advanced standing (transfer credit) for their MSN-level core coursework only after they are admitted to the program.

For more information, contact Bobby Rue, Admissions Counselor, at