Online DNP

Take your nursing career to the highest level.

Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare you, through evidence-based practice, to meet the changing demands of the nation’s complex healthcare environment, promote positive patient outcomes, and increase the effectiveness of care.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Join the 1% of Doctorally-Prepared Nurses Nationwide

From the bedside to the boardroom, DNPs are leaders who advocate to deliver quality and safe outcomes for patients and families. Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online through Ashland University. Our CCNE-accredited, practice-focused program is designed for working professionals—courses are asynchronous so you can complete your degree while balancing work and family life.

To be admitted into the DNP program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • RN with one year of clinical experience
  • Undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or Master of Science in Nursing Degree (3.0 or higher)
  • Interview

Start from BSN or MSN

DNP Tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice, Health Systems Leadership

Earn the credentials you need to elevate your nursing career to the highest level. We offer entry points from BSN or MSN and, depending on the track you choose, you will be eligible for national certification in:

  • Family Practice, through the ANCC or AANP (BSN to DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner). Our FNP graduates have a 100% Pass Rate on this exam!
  • Executive in Nursing Practice, through AONL (BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP, Health Systems Leadership).

Health Systems Leadership

(BSN to DNP, 57 hours; or MSN to , 46-54 hours):

  • Prepares nurses at the doctoral level for executive leadership and management roles focused on creating, redesigning, and improving care delivery in complex environments
  • Graduates are eligible for national certification in Executive in Nursing Practice, through AONL

Family Nurse Practitioner

(BSN to DNP, 77 hours):

  • Prepares RNs at the doctoral level to provide family-focused, advanced-practice, primary care across the lifespan
  • Graduates are eligible for national certification in Family Practice through the ANCC or AANP

Advanced Practice

(MSN to DNP, 32-38 hours):

  • Enhances APRN practice to the doctoral level through evaluation and translation of research and evidence-based practice in order to promote positive outcomes and increase the effectiveness of care

Licensure and Certification Disclosure: The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program curriculum meets educational requirements of all 50 states to apply for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure and national certification. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) provides APRN licensure requirements by state. Additionally, NCSBN identifies participating jurisdictions as part of the APRN Compact. AU’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program does NOT meet the educational requirements for licensure in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. The program makes every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information; however, individual state APRN licensure and national certification requirements may change.


CCNE Accredited

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Higher Learning Commission

Ashland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a member of the North Central Association and is authorized by the Ohio Department of Education to grant bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

U.S. News and World Report

Ranked in the top tier of colleges and Universities by U.S. News and World Report.

The Benefits of Ashland University’s Online DNP Program

The Benefits of Ashland University’s Online DNP Program

What to Expect from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Through our flexible, individualized educational approach, upon completion of the DNP program you will be equipped to:

  • Evaluate health care policy and systems
  • Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice
  • Engage in inter-professional collaboration to meet the health needs of client systems in varied healthcare delivery systems
  • Enhance the culture of safety in health systems through the application of information technologies
  • Demonstrate professional values and ethical behavior in the advanced practice nursing role

About Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual ” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

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