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BSN to DNP Programs in Ohio

In this article, students can find information on programs designed for those with an undergraduate degree in nursing to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Students will also find information on tuition and fees, program features, and common admissions requirements.

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University offers two specialization tracks for post-baccalaureate students seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree: family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. These programs can be completed with 10-11 consecutive semesters of full-time study with instruction online, in-person, and in a hybrid format.

Kent State University

Kent State University offers core classes for the four-year Doctor of Nursing Practice degree online to promote schedule flexibility alongside practical courses in-person with faculty supervision and advisors. Specific concentrations are offered entirely online, and students work with a faculty mentor to conduct a research project that contributes to the body of literature in nursing practice.

The Ohio State University

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can apply for a DNP at The Ohio State University with one of ten concentrations, including family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which are offered both online and on-campus. This program can be completed in four years with full-time study but may take up to five years with part-time coursework.

Ohio University

Ohio University offers a BSN to DNP in a blended format that includes online and on-campus courses and concentrations in advanced clinical or advanced executive practices, allowing students to work towards their career goals. The BSN to DNP program takes ten semesters to complete and develops students' leadership skills and knowledge in areas including healthcare policy and epidemiology.

University of Cincinnati

The BSN to DNP program at the University of Cincinnati spans at least three years and offers students a streamlined program with multiple concentrations available online, including adult-gerontology primary care, family nurse practitioner, pediatric acute care, pediatric primary care, and psychiatric-mental health. All tracks emphasize leadership skills within nursing practice and the implementation of healthcare research skills for planning, management, and evaluation of programs.

University of Toledo

The University of Toledo offers students a nine-semester post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program with four specializations: adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Full-time and part-time schedules are available for students through both online and in-person courses.

Ashland University

Ashland University's BSN to DNP program offers online options that help working students complete their degree within 3-4 years in a flexible manner, while also providing practical experiences through clinical work. Students may be required to attend a 3-4 day residency on-campus once a semester in addition to completing a scholarly project at the conclusion of their program.

Case Western Reserve University

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University offers registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a bachelor's degree in another field the opportunity to complete a flexible Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This program has two specializations (practice leadership and educational leadership) and uses a combination of online courses and an intensive course format that allows students to work full time while completing their degree.

Otterbein University

Otterbein University offers several BSN to DNP programs that span 3-4 years, including nurse anesthesia, psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner. Core courses for this program are completed online, and all tracks include clinical and practical learning experiences.

School Name Programs Offered Tuition and Fees Per Year (2018-2019)*
Cleveland State University BSN to DNP In-State: $9,942
Out-of-State: $16,905
Kent State University BSN to DNP In-State: $11,536
Out-of-State: $21,524
The Ohio State University BSN to DNP In-State: $12,425
Out-of-State: $34,929
Ohio University BSN to DNP In-State: $9,444
Out-of-State: $17,712
University of Cincinnati BSN to DNP In-State: $14,468
Out-of-State: $26,210
University of Toledo BSN to DNP In-State: $15,427
Out-of-State: $25,771
Ashland University BSN to DNP $6,885
Case Western Reserve University BSN to DNP $45,204
Otterbein University BSN to DNP $710 tuition per credit hour 2018-19 (Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): 7000 & 8000 level nursing courses)**; fees per year $350*

Source: *NCES College Navigator; **school website

Admissions Requirements

Each of these BSN to DNP programs in Ohio has different admissions requirements. Here are some of the items you can expect to provide with your application:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (some programs require proof of completion of a statistics course)
  • Proof of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practice
  • Valid nursing licensure for the State of Ohio
  • Letters of recommendation from academic and professional sources
  • Proof of at least one year's work experience in the nursing field
  • A statement of professional goals

Each of these programs offers a clear path for students holding a Bachelor of Nursing Science to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Since individual programs offer different schedules and varying degrees of flexibility, students can search for the course of study that best fits their needs and career goals.