Online Nursing Schools

Classes start on March 12th, 2018

Is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program right for you?

Are you interested in advancing your nursing career and taking on an even greater leadership role in healthcare? The current complexity of the healthcare environment in the United States requires clinical professionals to have the highest level of clinical and research expertise possible to support quality patient outcomes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a nearly 35 percent employment increase for advanced degree nurses, such as nurse practitioners, through 2022, with a median salary range of $100,000 annually. Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 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. Ashland’s program provides graduates with the skill sets and competencies to function in clinical and executive leadership roles. Hospitals and healthcare organizations nationwide need experienced nursing professionals with the scientific, clinical and leadership skills necessary to guide the healthcare industry forward.

What You’ll Learn in Our Online Doctor of Nursing Program

Under the umbrella of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree program, candidates choose to pursue one of two paths, a BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP with a focus in either the Family Nurse Practitioner program or Health Systems Leadership program. Both paths are online, incorporating residency activities throughout the program.

BSN to DNP Program

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 59 credits (5-8 credits per semester) over nine semesters. Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Health Systems Leadership specialization.

MS/MSN to DNP Program

The MSN to DNP program is designed for nurses holding a MSN.  This program consists of 52-57 credit hours (3-8 credits per semester) over nine semesters.  Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Health Systems Leadership specialization.

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

Online Nursing Program Course Offering

Ashland University’s online nursing programs offers a variety of exciting courses, including:
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Primary Care

Career Paths for Graduates with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree

Here are some career paths you can puruse:
  • Managing Nurses and Staff in Hospitals
  • Development of Policies and Procedures
  • Conducting Research in Research Facilities
  • Educating Patients
  • Owning an Independent Practice

Career Paths for Graduates with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree

Here are some career paths you can puruse:

  • Managing Nurses and Staff in Hospitals
  • Development of Policies and Procedures
  • Conducting Research in Research Facilities
  • Educating Patients
  • Owning an Independent Practice

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 will focus more on institutions, patient populations or communities.

Graduate Programs (online)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner

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 health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (MS/MSN to DNP) - Advanced Practice Nurses

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 health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Health Systems Leadership

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 59 credits (5-8 credits per semester) over nine semesters. The MSN to DNP program is designed for nurses holding a MSN. This program consists of 52-57 credit hours (3-8 credits per semester) over nine semesters.  Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Health Systems Leadership specialization.

School Nurse Program

The National Association of School Nurses (2017) defines school nursing as a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. 

Nurse Educator Certificate

This certificate prepares students for the roles and responsibilities of nurse educators in any setting that provides healthcare. Course content will provide the scope of practice for nurse educators specific to the academic environment that includes alignment of academic philosophy and mission, policies, quality improvement, curriculum development and implementation, learning theories, evidence based teaching/learning strategies and assessments to meet learner outcomes.  A 48 hour practicum with a highly qualified nursing education faculty member is included in the Post Master's-Nurse Educator Certificate Program. Students who complete the Nurse Educator Certificate Program may apply for the Certified Nurse Educator examination through the National League for Nursing.

Online Student Studying DNP Programs at Ashland University

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

The Best Time to Start Earning Your Degree is Today!

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