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: 39
  • 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.