Total credits required will vary depending on your educational background and the number of practicum hours you need to meet the requirement.
MSN to DNP track: 38–46 credits
BS to DNP track: 61 credits
A doctoral degree in nursing from World Campus
The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional, practice-focused doctoral degree designed to prepare highly qualified advanced practice nurses to be leaders and deliver expert nursing care and ultimately improve health care outcomes. This degree is designed for you if you are a nurse who plans to continue in a practice role, and you have already received a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in nursing.
Doctor of Nursing Practice at Penn State
Providing quality nursing education since 1964, Penn State's College of Nursing, in partnership with Penn State World Campus, can help you update your knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the constantly changing health care field. Based on your previous education and nursing experience, the DNP degree will have two entry options:
- directly from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for nurse administrators
- post–Master of Science in Nursing for nurse administrators and advanced practice nurses
Your online DNP courses
Built on the DNP essentials developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the curriculum will focus on the translation of research into practice, transformational leadership, and advanced expert nursing practice. To support these essentials, your course work will also include nursing/change theory, foundations of advanced practice, health policy, informatics, and population-based health.
While providing you with the convenience and flexibility of an online program, the online DNP will include the same rigor you would expect from a traditional doctoral-level nursing program. In order to properly prepare you for the highest level of clinical nursing practice, you will be required to attend in-person intensive sessions and complete other doctoral benchmarks, including your candidacy examination, comprehensives, and DNP project with an oral presentation.
As a student in the online DNP program, you can expect to take at least two courses per semester in fall and spring, with additional courses offered during the summer semester.
The Penn State College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Penn State's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-887-6791).