Nurse Practitioner working with a patient

Doctor of
Nursing Practice - Nurse Practitioner

Program Summary

Prepare to provide direct and specific client care through an expanded nursing role with this online nurse practitioner doctoral degree program, available exclusively to nurses who are licensed to practice professional nursing in Pennsylvania. Choose from three specializations.
How To Apply
Apply by March 1 to start May 26

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

65–68 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

This program is CCNE Accredited

The Health Care Workforce Needs Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

The current trend in the medical industry is pushing to enhance patient care, promote positive health outcomes, and create functional autonomy of nurse practitioners by deploying doctoral-prepared nurse practitioners (NPs) into clinical spaces.

With a strong focus on overall health and wellness as well as the prevention of disease, the nurse practitioner, or advance practice registered nurse (APRN), can often provide a lower cost option for health care, while still providing high-quality medical guidance. This makes the NP career path appealing to nurses and encourages the use of NPs by health systems. And with many national guiding organizations recommending that entry to clinical practice for NPs be at the professional doctorate level, a Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Practitioner degree earned online through Penn State World Campus can help prepare nurses for this changing landscape.

Penn State’s Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Practitioner Program (DNP–NP)

Designed as a BSN to DNP program, Penn State’s nurse practitioner program is for bachelor-prepared registered nurses who are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania and plan to become licensed nurse practitioners. MSN–prepared applicants are welcome to apply, as well. As a graduate of the program, you will be awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice and become eligible to sit for a national nurse practitioner certification exam.

As you progress through the DNP–NP program, your curriculum will integrate objectives and learning outcomes for you to achieve the nurse practitioner core and population-focused competencies that are written for doctoral level education.

You will choose one of three options in the DNP–NP degree program:

  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner 
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Penn State’s DNP also includes a DNP–Leadership program, which offers both an MSN to DNP and BSN to DNP entry pathway. The DNP–Leadership program is available to nurses outside the state of Pennsylvania.

Why an Online Nurse Practitioner Program from Penn State?

Flexibility – We understand the need for flexible and convenient learning options, using technology not just for convenience, but also to support learning outcomes. While the DNP–NP program provides you with the flexibility of studying online, it also includes the same rigor you would expect from a traditional doctoral-level nursing program.

Curriculum – While your course work will be online, 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 qualifying examination, comprehensive examination, and DNP project with an oral presentation.

Reputation – The Penn State DNP degree is one of the top online programs in the nation. The Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Penn State are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Further information can be found at

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