Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Kent State's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will prepare you to become a healthcare leader and improve patient care through the application of scientific evidence.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the terminal degree for nurses who want to advance their knowledge of nursing practice, gain leadership and technology skills, and become clinical scholars.

In this program, students develop leadership skills to affect health outcomes for individuals and populations by translating scientific evidence into clinical interventions, managing healthcare systems and collaborating with other health care providers.

Enjoy our guidebook on our graduate nursing programs:

Pathways to the DNP

Kent State offers two pathways to the Doctor of Nursing Practice: a post-bachelor's pathway (to become an advanced practice nurse) and a post-master's pathway (for current advanced practice nurses).

BSN to DNP pathway


Become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)

MSN to DNP pathway

MSN to DNP Online

Improve and enhance your advanced nursing practice



Are you a practicing PMHNP ready to obtain your DNP at Kent State University?

Apply for the Peg’s Foundation Scholar Award. Eligible recipients will receive a grant of $30K over two years for tuition support and to supplement income while completing the degree. The priority application deadline is June 30. Learn more and apply today.PDF icon Peg'sfoundationscholaraward_prioritydate2022.pdf