Photo of a female in doctor scrubs with stethoscope in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program

Is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program right for you?

This Doctor of Nursing Practice online program prepares you for the highest level of practice and broadest scope of responsibility in the field of nursing. This practice-focused Doctorate in Nursing degree emphasizes evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy. 

What you'll learn

Under the umbrella of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree program, candidates choose to pursue either a BSN to DNP program – Family Nurse Practitioner or an MSN to DNP program. Both paths are online, incorporating residency activities throughout the program.

Why earn your Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Ashland?

  • Flexible, online classes
  • Earn a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization with only a BSN and an RN licensure
  • Two degree path options – BSN to DNP program – Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and MS/MSN to DNP program

Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs

  • 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 12 semesters. Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization. View the curriculum guide for BSN to DNP.
  • 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 (3-6 credits per semester) over a period of six semesters. Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. View the curriculum guide for MS/MSN to DNP.

Career opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing jobs will increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022. Online nursing programs like this can help you take advantage of this employment surge in an exciting field.

Get started today!

If you’ve been researching online DNP programs or online nurse practitioner programs, this is the right degree program to advance your career in nursing through an online Doctorate of Nursing. Consider Ashland University today — simply fill out the Request Info form above, email grad-admissions@ashland.edu or apply now!