Our online DNP program has a variety of options, all of which are strategically developed and delivered to ensure our students are well-prepared to be leaders and expert clinicians hit the ground running in the clinical world.
Why a DNP?
As industry evolves, so has Penn State Nursing. A DNP is the industry standard for nurse practitioners and those who want to assume clinical leadership or specialty roles. A DNP is the highest level of nursing practice for clinicians and clinical leadership. Graduates from our program will be well prepared to deliver expert clinical care and improve health care outcomes.
Learn more about the industry movement to DNP prepared nurse practitioners and how Penn State is growing the DNP program.
Why Penn State Nursing?
Choice clinicals. Academic excellence. Expert faculty. World-renowned University.
We have established clinical partners throughout the world and have dedicated staff to help you secure the clinical sites in the locations you want. For a program that focuses on the best quality clinical care, the DNP project is the culmination of all your hard work.
Our graduate team is compromised of expert faculty and staff dedicated to student success through individualized mentorship and guidance. Our students are prepared to deliver expert clinical care and improve health outcomes. Penn State is a leader in online education with innovative and engaging classroom experiences designed to enhance your learning
The Penn State College of Nursing is also home to some of the nation’s most influential nurse faculty and you will learn and be mentored from the best. Like Kelly Wolgast, DNP, RN, FACHE, FAAN COL (R), US Army, assistant dean for outreach and professional development, whose been championing Penn State’s COVID-19 response.
What are my career options with a Penn State DNP?
A Penn State DNP positions you to become a nurse leader in a variety of capacities. For example, a DNP-prepared nurse can become a nurse practitioner (NP), with a specialty, or assume responsibility as a high-level administrator with the ability to influence clinical training or nursing policy.
DNP Options – full or part-time enrollment is offered for all options
- BSN to DNP Nurse Leadership
- MSN to DNP Nurse Leadership
- Coming 2021! BSN to DNP-NP*
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
The DNP options are offered online, making them perfect for working professionals and allows students to experience Penn State from the comfort of their home. All the DNP programs begin and end with in-person intensives, hosted at University Park or Hershey campus. Delivered over a few days, you’ll get to experience Happy Valley while meeting your academic adviser who will support you throughout the entire program. This responsive, low-residency format is intended to meet the needs of today’s nursing students. Juggling your professional and personal responsibilities is no easy feat, we can help you achieve your goals without pressing pause on the rest of your life.
*All DNP-NP options are limited to PA residents until 2022. Check back for more details.
Course work focuses on preparing transformational nursing leaders to improve health and healthcare outcomes through evidence-based practice, informatics, healthcare policy, and immersion experiences. All the DNP options culminate with a DNP project that translates current evidence into practice to improve health outcomes.
At minimum applicants must have the following:
- a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or
- a postsecondary degree in Nursing that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.
More detailed admission requirements are outlined on the Penn State Bulletin website.
Apply now! – Priority application deadline – March 1
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, for priority status apply by March 1st.
Program details, including information on courses, can be found on the Penn State World Campus website.
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