DNP Programs in Ohio

Prospective students who want to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice can consider these 10 schools in Ohio. Learn more about the curriculum, tuition costs, concentrations, and length of completion of these DNP programs.

Ohio University

Ohio University offers a part-time Doctor of Nursing Practice program with pathways for registered nurses with undergraduate and master's degrees; the coursework is available in a hybrid format that includes online classes and on-campus sessions. The 10-semester, 80-credit BSN to DNP track provides training in advanced nursing practice, including administration and leadership, while the six-semester, 36-credit MSN to DNP track focuses on specialized clinical skills, health policy, and informatics.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University's four-year BSN to DNP program features specializations in adult gerontology, family and neonatal nurse practice, pediatrics, psychiatric, women's health, and nurse midwifery. The required credits rangie from 73 to 99, and coursework for all concentrations are offered on-campus while the family, neonatal, and psychiatric specialties are also available through distance learning. There is also a post-master's DNP program, and these students can choose between the clinical expert track and the nurse executive track, both of which require 37-38 credit hours that can be completed in 2-3 years.

Kent State University

Kent State University provides post-bachelor's and post-master's pathways to a Doctor of Nursing Practice; the BSN to DNP track entails 71-79 credits that students can finish in 3.5-5 years while the MSN to DNP track requires 34 credits that can be completed online in five semesters. BSN to DNP candidates can specialize in adult gerontology, family health, pediatrics, psychiatric, or women's health.

University of Cincinnati

The BSN to DNP program at the University of Cincinnati offers concentrations in adult gerontology, family nurse practice, anesthesia, administration, pediatrics, and psychiatric-mental health. These programs require the completion of 75-81 credits that can be completed full time in nine semesters. The university also offers a post-master's DNP requiring 42 semester hours and 504 clinical hours over 4-6 semesters.

University of Akron

The University of Akron offers a 37-credit post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program that students can complete in two years full-time or 3-4 years part-time. The hybrid curriculum, a blend of on-campus and distance learning sessions, includes courses in epidemiology, healthcare statistics, data management, program evaluation, and financial management.

University of Toledo

The post-master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice track at the University of Toledo features a fully online 36-credit curriculum that students can complete in six semesters. The university also offers a BSN-DNP track with specializations in adult gerontology, pediatrics, psychiatric, and family health; the coursework entails 85-90 semester hours that can be completed in nine semesters.

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University offers a full-time post-bachelor's pathway to a Doctor of Nursing Practice with specializations in family nurse practice and psychiatric-mental health; the family nurse track requires 90 credit hours over 10 semesters while the psychiatric track entails 92 credits over 11 semesters. A post-master's DNP focusing on health systems leadership is also available, with a 61-credit curriculum that can be completed in eight semesters.

Walsh University

The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Walsh University requires a minimum of 38 credit hours and 530 clinical hours. The curriculum is offered online and includes courses in informatics, biostatistics, healthcare policy, clinical leadership, applied epidemiology, and advanced research.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Open to registered nurses with a graduate degree, Mount Carmel College of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program features concentrations in clinical practice and executive leadership. The curriculum consists of 37 credits that can be completed in five semesters, and it includes courses in evidence-based practice, information management, organizational leadership, and healthcare ethics.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University's 34-credit post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides concentrations in education and practice leadership; the curriculum is a blend of online courses and on-campus sessions. Students can also apply for the dual doctorate PhD/DNP program which consists of 55 credits of course requirements and 23 credits of DNP project and PhD dissertation, all of which takes at least five years to finish.

School Name Programs Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Ohio University BSN to DNP
Post-MSN to DNP
$9,444 in-state, $17,436 out-of-state
Ohio State University BSN to DNP
Post-Master's DNP
$11,560 in-state, $34,064 out-of-state
Kent State University BSN to DNP
MSN to DNP
$11,536 in-state, $21,524 out-of-state
University of Cincinnati BSN to DNP
Post-MSN DNP
$12,790 in-state, $24,532 out-of-state
University of Akron Doctor of Nursing Practice $7,958 in-state, $13,464 out-of-state
University of Toledo BSN to DNP
Post-Master's DNP
$13,704 in-state, $24,048 out-of-state
Cleveland State University BSN to DNP
MSN to DNP
$9,818 in-state, $16,781 out-of-state
Walsh University Doctor of Nursing Practice $12,510
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice $11,403
Case Western Reserve University Doctor of Nursing Practice
Dual Doctorate PhD/DNP
$45,168

Source: *NCES College Navigator

A Doctor of Nursing Practice program equips students with academic and technical skills in specialized care, clinical management, and healthcare leadership. The DNP programs at these Ohio schools are available in online and on-campus formats and offer a range of specialization options.

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