Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused degree that prepares nurses to function at the highest level of practice for the current healthcare environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. The online DNP programs emphasize evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy. Students prepare for advance practice roles and nursing faculty positions. The Doctor of Nursing Practice online format is flexible, although each cohort will be required to participate in residency requirements throughout the program.  The Capstone Project is an integral part of the total program of study as well as the culminating activity. The project represents an original application of knowledge in the area of student specialization. The target benefits of the intervention or innovation designed by the student would be beyond the individual patient or family and focus more on institutions, patient populations or communities.

BSN to DNP Program - Family Nurse Practitioner

  • The BSN to DNP program is designed for nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an active RN licensure. This program consists of 77 credits and four years of full-time study (3-8 credits per semester) over twelve semesters. Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.    

         BSN to DNP Curriculum Plan

MS/MSN to DNP Program

  • The MSN to DNP program is designed for Advanced Practice Nurses with an active Certificate of Authority in a practice field. This program consists of 32-38 credit hours and two years of full-time study (3-8 credits per semester) over six semesters.  Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

         MS/MSN to DNP Curriculum Plan

Requirements for Admission

  • BSN to DNP requires RN Licensure
  • MS/MSN to DNP requires Certificate of Authority in advanced practice
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • One year of clinical practice experience
  • 2-3 page paper describing a clinical area of interest for DNP Project.
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Interview

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of nine (9) graduate level credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Ashland University should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated by the DNP program director for acceptability as transfer credit. 

Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher has been received.  Courses taken over 5 years (over 2 years for APN core courses) prior to admission may not be accepted.  All FNP Core courses must be taken at Ashland University. 

The student is responsible for initiating the request for transfer credit.  For each course for which the student requests transfer credit, the student must:

  1. Complete a Request for transfer credit form as part of the DNP Admissions application identifying the institution attended, course title, semester and year completed, and the number of credits for which transfer is requested. 
  2. Attach a copy of the transcript, which includes the grade received for the requested transfer credits, and a detailed course description/outline.
  3. Submit these materials to the office of Graduate Admissions with the application. The request will be forwarded to the DNP Program Director.
  4. Approval/disapproval of accepted transfer credits will be included in the admission letter to the applicant.
  5. Approved transfer credits will be forwarded to Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs for inclusion in the student file and processing with the Office of Records and Registration. 

Faculty Spotlight

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