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Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs 

Take your nursing career to the next level with Penn State’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree offered online through Penn State World Campus. The online DNP program is a professional, practice-focused doctoral program that can prepare you for the highest level of nursing practice.

Penn State’s DNP degree program includes the following options:


  • BSN to DNP entry pathway
  • MSN to DNP entry pathway

DNP–Nurse Practitioner (currently only available in Pennsylvania)

  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Practice - Leadership (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Prepare for the highest level of clinical nursing practice with this professional, practice-focused online doctoral degree program. The DNP–Leadership degree has two entry pathways based on your previous education and nursing experience: directly from the B.S. in Nursing or post–Master of Science in Nursing.
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Nursing Practice - Nurse Practitioner (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
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.
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The Penn State DNP program provided me with knowledge and skills to offer superior care to my patients and lead change within my organization.

Allyson F.

Penn State's Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The bachelor's, master's and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-887-6791.

The DNP–Nurse Practitioner program requires you to be licensed to practice professional nursing in the state of Pennsylvania, or to be licensed prior to being admitted into the program.

We are Penn State Online

This is the real Penn State. You will take the same classes with the same curriculum developed by the same professors who teach courses at our brick and mortar campuses. You can expect the same caliber of academic quality that you associate with Penn State.