MSN to DNP Online

Kent State's MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program can be completed 100% online in less than two years.

There is a growing demand for nurses with advanced leadership and technology skills which enable them to navigate the increasingly complex healthcare environment. There is also an increasing need for nurses who possess advanced knowledge that enables them to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.

The DNP is the terminal degree for nurses who want to advance their knowledge of nursing practice and gain exceptional leadership and technology skills.

Why Kent State? Our program offers you:

  • A cohort structure: You'll learn and collaborate with a group of peers and faculty throughout the entire program.
  • An innovative curriculum completed 100% online in only five semesters.
  • 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.

Our DNP program will prepare you to assume a leadership role in healthcare, make an impact on healthcare policy, apply current research and evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, and practice with interdisciplinary teams, information systems, and quality improvement.

Admissions Criteria

We have two concentrations for the DNP: Systems Leadership or the Executive Nurse concentration.
We invite you to apply to the DNP program if you meet the following requirements:

  • Executive Nurse concentration - bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing
  • Systems Leadership concentration - one of the following: (1) bachelor's degree in nursing1; or (2) master's degree in advanced practice registered nursing2 that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; or (3) B.S.N. degree and a master's in nursing3
  • A minimum overall 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Completion of an undergraduate- or graduate-level statistics course with a minimum C grade
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which the student's practica will be completed
  • GRE scores, no more than five years old (Effective spring 2019, GRE scores will only be required for post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants)

DNP Curriculum

The DNP program is 34 total credits, 525 practicum hours, and can be completed in 5 semesters.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year students.

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Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice faculty members:

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Lisa Onesko
Program Director & Associate Professor

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Kimberly Cleveland

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Louise H. Knox
Assistant Professor

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Marilyn S. Nibling
Assistant Professor


Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio.  States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.