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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Lisa Young
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
279, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6844
lyoung3@ashland.edu

Dr. Valerie Burris
Health Systems Leadership Program Director, Assistant Professor
276, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6879
vburris@ashland.edu

Julie Lehrer, DNP, RN,
FNP Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@ashland.edu

Contact Us

Lisa Young
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
279, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6844
lyoung3@ashland.edu

Dr. Valerie Burris
Health Systems Leadership Program Director, Assistant Professor
276, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6879
vburris@ashland.edu

Julie Lehrer, DNP, RN,
FNP Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@ashland.edu

Preparing You for Your Best Future

Are you a practicing nurse looking to advance your degree?

Whether you’re interested in taking on a greater leadership role or passionate about shaping industry policy, Ashland University’s highly regarded DNP program helps you advance your healthcare career.

What to Expect in the DNP Program

To be successful in today’s complex healthcare environment, nursing professionals must have the required clinical and research expertise to support and drive quality patient outcomes. Ashland University's online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares you for that challenge with leading faculty, rigorous curriculum with a strong science foundation, and hands-on practice and residency experience that covers a broad scope of responsibility in the field of nursing.

Our practice-focused DNP program focuses on the following areas of study:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Leadership Development
  • Cultural Competence
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Policy, Ethics, & Advocacy in Healthcare

Choose Your DNP Path

Ashland’s online DNP program allows you to pursue one of two paths, depending on your career objective: BSN/DNP or MS/MSN to DNP.

DNP Program Benefits

This program is:

  • Flexible. The online format allows you to enjoy success with class schedules and requirements designed for your busy life.
  • Convenient. Access coursework online 24/7 for your convenience.
  • Engaging. As part of the program, you’ll collaborate with your peers and complete residency requirements at hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities.
  • Distinctive. The BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares RNs to become healthcare providers. The curriculum includes a solid foundation—21 hours—in Advanced Practice Nursing courses before starting Primary Care coursework. This gives students the confidence to assess, diagnose and create treatment plans, as well as confidence in their prescribing abilities.

DNP Core Curriculum

The DNP program encompasses a dynamic and evolving course offering, including:

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Primary Care

    Anticipated Career Growth

    35% projected employment increase for advanced degree nurses (such as nurse practitioners) through 2022

    Career Opportunities

    • Managing nurses and staff in hospitals
    • Developing policies and procedures
    • Conducting research
    • Educating patients
    • Owning an independent practice

    Preparing You for Your Best Future

    Are you a practicing nurse looking to advance your degree?

    Whether you’re interested in taking on a greater leadership role or passionate about shaping industry policy, Ashland University’s highly regarded DNP program helps you advance your healthcare career.