Online Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

College of Nursing
Become a leader in improving patient outcomes.

Achieve the highest level of expertise in the field of nursing through Ohio State’s fully-online Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Students learn from world-recognized faculty while engaged in one of two specialized tracks for nurses whose career emphasis is in direct clinical nursing practice or transformative leadership as a nurse executive. 

Students who have previously earned their Master of Science in Nursing or a master’s degree in a related field may be qualified to pursue their DNP online.  

Campus Requirements: 100% online coursework.  
Post-Master's DNP students are encouraged to attend an on-campus orientation at the start of the program and present and defend their final project in person at the conclusion of their DNP program.

Class Format: Most classes are offered in a synchronous format, meaning you have a scheduled date and time you must log in to attend. Synchronous courses typically meet weekly on weekdays and are scheduled for later in the day (Eastern Time).  

Credit Hours Required: 36

Cost Per Credit Hour: $1,158.58 (includes instructional, general, and program fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements: Completed master's degree, active RN license, active APRN certification (for clinical expert track students only), minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study, and completion of the prerequisite course with a B- or higher.

Time to Completion: Full-time students can complete the program in 2 years (5 semesters). Part-time students can complete the program in 3 years (8 semesters).

Audra smiles in front of Newton Hall.
Audra Hanners
Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate
"As an online student, there's so many connections you can make that will have a really meaningful impact on your education. The opportunities that exist at Ohio State feel limitless."

Program Tracks

As a nurse with a master’s degree, there are two tracks you may pursue in the DNP program: 

DNP Clinical Expert track

This track is the right choice if you want to reach the highest levels of patient care expertise. To be eligible, you must hold a master’s degree in nursing and a national-level advanced practice nursing certification. Learn more about this track.


DNP Nurse Executive track​​​​

This track is the right choice if you want to lead innovative, transformative healthcare organizations. To be eligible, you must hold a master’s degree in nursing or other field, such as a Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Health. A national-level advanced nursing certification is preferred, but not required. Learn more about this track.



Sample Courses


Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse (Synchronous)

Examination of leadership development to maximize innovation and positive organizational impact with an exploration of own leadership development.

Nurse Executive Leadership (Synchronous)

Analysis of the role of the DNP nurse executive within complex healthcare systems.

Quality Improvement in Doctoral Nursing Practice (Synchronous)

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

Health Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice (Synchronous)

Principles of policy-making at the institutional, local, state, and federal levels to influence policy change affecting health care.

Featured Faculty

Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Professor, Director of the Translational/Implementation Research Core, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP, Director of DNP Program, Nurse Executive Track
Associate Clinical Professor Director, DNP Program
Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track

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