Doctor of Nursing Practice

College of Nursing
Now is the time to reach for the highest level of expertise in nursing.

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers doctoral preparation to nurses whose career emphasis is in direct clinical nursing practice or transformative leadership as a nurse executive. Ohio State's DNP program offers two track options to students: the DNP Clinical Expert doctorate and the DNP Nurse Executive doctorate. The core classes are common for both options with additional specialty courses and electives for each track.

Campus Requirements: 

Upon acceptance into the DNP program, you will participate in one required on-campus orientation session.

Kay Ashworth
Kay Ashworth
Program Graduate
"The program provided me with insights on how to dive deeper. I’m using evidence-based practice to support the decisions I’m making for my patients."

Sample Courses


Leadership throughout Organizations and Systems

Socialization to leadership and excellence in multiple dimensions of the Doctor of Nursing Practice role.

Strategic Macrosystem Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Integration of theoretical, leadership and communication principles into strategic management strategies for evidence based, innovative macro system health care optimization for selected populations.

Quality Improvement in Doctoral Nursing Practice

Advanced concepts in collaboration, design, leadership, implementation and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives.

Health Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice

Analysis of policy and advocating for change that impacts health at institutional, local, state and federal levels.

Featured Faculty

Dr. Barbara Jones Warren
Professor of Clinical Nursing
Carolyn Schubert
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Joyce Zurmehly
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing

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