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Penn State – Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)2019-07-26T18:17:46+00:00

Penn State – Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Program Overview

According to Penn State University:

“The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional, practice-focused doctoral degree designed to prepare highly qualified advanced practice nurses to be leaders, deliver expert nursing care and ultimately improve medical outcomes in a constantly changing health care field. Penn State’s DNP degree is designed for nurses who plan to continue in a practice role and have already received a bachelor’s or master’s degree with a major in nursing. Built on the DNP essentials developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the curriculum focuses on the translation of research into practice, transformational leadership and advanced expert nursing practice. To support these essentials, your course work will also include nursing/change theory, foundations of advanced practice, health policy, informatics, and population-based health.”

At a Glance

Total credit hours MSN to DNP track: 38-46 credits

BS to DNP track: 61 credits

Tuition per credit Tuition and fees
Accreditation Penn State’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Practicum, internship and/or on-campus intensive A total of 1,000 hours of post-BS practicum are required in the DNP program. You may transfer 500 hours of practicum (if applicable) from the master’s program. Although courses are online, you will be required to attend three separate, 3 to 4 day intensive sessions at Penn State University Park or Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during the program.
Full-time/part-time/accelerated Full-time/part-time
Admission requirements According to Penn State University, to be eligible for admission to the DNP program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree in nursing that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Students entering from the post-master’s route must have earned a master’s degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by a national accrediting agency for nursing.
  • Applicants to the DNP program must also have a current license to practice professional nursing in at least one state in the United States or a foreign country. You are also expected to have a grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) meeting the requirements for your track.