Kent State's BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will prepare you to be an advanced practice nurse with the highest level of leadership, technology, and clinical expertise.

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.

This program is ideal for registered nurses who want to enter advanced nursing practice. While the master's in nursing is currently an acceptable entryway into advanced practice, a DNP may be a requirement to practice in the future. In addition, the DNP may position you for higher leadership positions where you can affect change in practice.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Online core courses, in-person practice role courses*, and practicum experiences at a location near you.
  • An experienced faculty advisor who will work with you to develop and conduct a Scholarly Project that will contribute to nursing practice and positively impact patient outcomes.
  • Mentorship and guidance from our doctorally prepared faculty, which include nationally certified advanced practice nurses, active researchers, and experienced nurse leaders who understand the challenges of today's healthcare environment.
* Practice role courses are online in the Adult-Gerontology CNS and Women's Health NP concentrations.

A structured pathway to the DNP

Diagram outlining the past to the post-BSN to DNP program - Complete the MSN, get Advanced Practice certification, and complete the DNP coursework

The first two years of the program are focused on preparing you for an advanced practice role in the concentration you choose. After completing the necessary coursework and practicum hours, you will receive your MSN and will be eligible to sit for certification. During these two years, you may begin your DNP coursework.

After you are certified as an advanced practice nurse, you will complete the remainder of your DNP courses and scholarly project. The timeframe to complete this part of the DNP is 2 years on average but can range from 1.5 to 3 years.

Concentration Options

You may choose to complete your DNP in any of these advanced practice areas: