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The Graduate School

Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP)

Photo of the DNP graduating class

Innovate and transform

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post Masters MSN to DNP degree is a practice-focused doctorate designed to prepare expert advanced practice nurses and nurse executives to provide health care and leadership using a holistic caring framework in an increasingly complex environment. The program develops advanced practice nurses and nurse executives committed to scholarly evidence based practice, innovation, testing of care delivery models, and evaluation of health outcomes for the good of all members of society. The development of clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills to design, implement and evaluate programs of care delivery allows students to positively impact health outcomes and transform health care. Students will gain knowledge and skill sets to promote positive health outcomes for individuals and populations, lead nursing and health care organizations and positively influence health policy.

The curriculum culminates in a comprehensive capstone experience which includes a clinical project. The clinical project hours for the DNP will be 1000 hours post-baccalaureate. A post-master’s DNP student will be able to complete the program in two years, taking two courses per semester.

Program Highlights

  • Six semesters in length.
  • Post master's DNP students can complete in 2 years, taking 2 courses at a time.
  • Courses offered online with occasional face to face meetings.
  • Culminates with a practice based project in the student’s area of interest.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Admission Criteria: Post-Master’s DNP Program

  • Application Process

  • Curriculum Objectives

  • Sample Course Grid

  • DNP FAQs

  • DNP project examples

/Additional Info

The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.
Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
p / 614.823.3210
e / grad@otterbein.edu


Dorothy Crider MS, RN
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor/Recruiter
p/ 614.823.3272
e/ dcrider@otterbein.edu