Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Ohio.
Full List of Programs
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University was the first nursing school in the country to offer a practice doctorate in nursing. DNP students can choose one of two elective sequences - educational leadership or clinical practice leadership. The educational leadership sequence include coursework related to curriculum development, learning theory, and instructional strategies, evaluation and testing. In the clinical practice leadership sequence, students learn the skills of business planning for program development, implementation and evaluation. The DNP program follows an executive format. Students can opt to come to the intensive on-campus classes during three sessions (January, May, and August), take online courses, or attend cohort off-site classes with a partner institution of the university. All students in cohort programs receive a partial scholarship.
BSN required for:
Kent State University at Kent
The College of Nursing at Kent State University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with two entry points - post-MSN to DNP and post-BSN to DNP. The post-MSN to DNP program can be taken completely online. The post-BSN program has two areas of concentration: Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Students choosing the NP concentration can further select from the following APRN areas: Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Adult Gerontology Clinical, Adult Gerontology Primary, Family, Pediatric Primary Care, Psychiatric Mental Health Family, and Women's Health. Students are required to complete a capstone project as well as the required number of practicum hours in order to graduate. Practicum hours are determined by a student's background and point of entry into the program.
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Mount St. Joseph University
The post-master's DNP in Health Systems Leadership program at the College of Mount Saint Joseph is delivered in a blended format and can be competed on a part-time basis. Students typically take two, concurrent 10-week courses each semester and meet on campus only twice per semester for each course. The remainder of the course is completed online. Applicants must hold an unrestricted and active RN license, an MSN degree, and have two years of clinical nursing experience to be considered for the program. The curriculum includes coursework in epidemiology, evidence-based practice, health care policy, leadership theory, and technology innovation in health care. The culminating experience consists of a practicum and a capstone project. Mount Saint Joseph's DNP program is CCNE-accredited.
Ohio State University-Main Campus
There are two pathways to the CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ohio State University - post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP). Students have the option of completing all their coursework online. However, BSN to DNP students as well as students pursuing an additional post-master's specialization may be required to attend additional on-campus classes. A part-time, five-year post-baccalaureate program is offered for students who wish to pursue a Clinical Expert DNP track. MSN to DNP students can also choose the Clinical Expert Track or opt for the Nurse Executive Track. The post-master's DNP program can be pursued on a part-time (three years) or full-time (two years) basis. A final DNP scholarly project is required for graduation.
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Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Otterbein University have the option of pursuing the program on a full-time (two years) or part-time (three years) basis. The program is offered online with only one or two on-campus meetings each semester. To be considered for Otterbein's Advanced Practice DNP track, applicants must have a master's degree in nursing or a health-related field, as well as training and experience in Advanced Nursing Practice. The Nurse Executive DNP track considers applicants with an MBA. The culminating experience is the completion of a capstone project on a topic that is of professional interest to the student. Otterbein's DNP program is accredited by CCNE until 2018.
MSN required for:
University of Akron Main Campus
A post-master's degree, the CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Akron is open to registered nurses, such as clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives, who are seeking to enhance their clinical advanced nursing practice skills. Master's-trained nursing administrators are also considered for the program. The university's DNP program is delivered in a hybrid format, with online learning modalities supported by intensive face-to-face sessions. Pursued as a full-time program, it can be completed in just two years' time. However, students have the option of pursuing the program on a part-time basis. Core courses include the following: Synthesis and Application of Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice, Information Management in Healthcare, and Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology.
University of Cincinnati
The CCNE-accredited post MSN to DNP program at the University of Cincinnati can be completed with four semesters of continuous, full-time enrolment. Students are required to attend on-campus sessions only one week each semester, with the remainder of the course requirements completed online. Applicants must have an MSN in one of the following: Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Administration, Community/Public/Occupational Health, Nurse Anesthesia, or Nurse Midwifery. The university also offers a post-BSN to DNP program with the following areas of specialization: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Pediatric NP - Acute Care, and Pediatric NP - Primary Care. All these program options are delivered in a hybrid format, except for Nurse Anesthesia, which is delivered on-site.
University of Toledo
The post-master's CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Toledo is offered in a consortium with Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Available online, the DNP program can be pursued as a full-time or part-time plan of study. Students accepted to the program can choose from two areas of concentration - direct care advanced practice (for APRNs, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) or indirect care/leadership (for nurse administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, public health nurses). The curriculum is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice developed by the AACN. It includes courses in evidence-based practice, information management and technology, population-based intervention, and quality management and performance improvement.
Pepper Pike, Ohio
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ursuline College can be completed with 18 months full-time study. A part-time plan of study can spread the curriculum across four years, with students taking only one course each semester. Courses are delivered following a hybrid format that includes scheduled on-campus sessions for the capstone project development and evaluation. The curriculum includes coursework such as the following: Advanced Healthcare Management, Scientific & Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice, and Biostatistics for Outcomes Management and Evaluation. The development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of a clinical practice-based capstone project is required for graduation. The DNP program at Ursuline College is accredited by the CCNE until June 2025.
MSN required for:
North Canton, Ohio
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Walsh University is open to nationally certified APRNs, including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse anesthetists. Nurse administrators with MSN degrees or applicants with MS degrees in a non-nursing but health-related field are also considered for the program. Walsh University offers its DNP program completely online. The residency practicum requirement can be completed in the student's geographical area. The curriculum includes coursework in health care policy, organization, and financing, health informatics, applications of epidemiology to health services, and nursing leadership role and ethics in complex health care systems. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until 2019.