As a nurse, you care for other people throughout your work day. Now you’re thinking about taking care of yourself and your career. You’ve earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are considering post-baccalaureate nursing programs. For nurses interested in leadership positions within their organizations, an advanced degree could mean the difference in moving a career forward. A leadership role in the healthcare field can have a significant impact for a nurse who wants to make a difference, not only for patients but also for other healthcare workers in the hospital, physician’s office or other healthcare facility.
Why Choose Ashland To Earn My DNP Online?
The challenge for nurses is finding the time to take classes, after long days of nursing duty and taking care of family and other responsibilities. Most nurses probably also do not want to spend years in school again, to earn an advanced degree while attending school part time. Accelerated post baccalaureate nursing programs such as Ashland University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program could be the answer for you! Ashland’s DNP program is convenient for busy nurses, as we offer our post-baccalaureate nursing programs online. No need to travel to campus, find a parking space and spend hours in a classroom. Students work on their own schedule, completing their coursework online with residency activities incorporated throughout the program.
Ashland offers two options for DNP students who currently hold either a BSN or an MS/MSN:
- BSN to DNP Program – Family Nurse Practitioner: Our online BSN to DNP nursing programs are 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 (three to eight credits per semester) over 12 semesters. Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.
- 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 (three to six credits per semester) over a period of six semesters. Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.
Ashland’s post-baccalaureate nursing programs offer some exciting courses for DNP students including:
- Healthcare Informatics
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Health Policy and Advocacy
- Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Primary Care
Our practice-focused Doctorate in Nursing degree emphasizes evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy. Ashland’s program provides graduates with the skill sets and competencies they will need to function in clinical and executive leadership roles.
For nurses considering accelerated, second-degree nursing programs, Ashland University offers the flexibility, convenience, affordability and, of course, quality education they need to pursue potential opportunities in nursing leadership. Some career paths that graduates of Ashland’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program can pursue include:
- Managing nurses and staff in hospitals
- Development of policies and procedures
- Conducting research in research facilities
- Educating patients
- Owning an independent practice
Ashland’s DNP program has received national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, Ashland University has been ranked as one of the 25 Best Colleges in Ohio based on a new ranking released by College Choice.