BSN To DNP Pathway

The BSN to DNP Pathway is for students who have completed their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and desire to complete their MSN and DNP degrees.

BSN to DNP Information

The BSN to DNP Pathway is for students who have completed their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and desire to complete their MSN and DNP degrees in one of the following specialty areas:

  • Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Health
  • Executive Nurse Administrator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Click on the DNP Specialties menu and then the name of the Specialty to find sample curriculum schedules and the contact information for the Track Coordinator on their specialty web page.

The BSN to DNP Pathway curriculum consists of 69 to 87 credits. The program can be completed in 9 semesters of full-time study or in twelve semesters of part-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more credits per semester. Permission to take more than 12 credits per semester must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the student enrolling. The program must be completed within 7 years of matriculation.

Clinical Requirements

Course work is offered online and students may be required to come to campus once when they begin the clinical portion of their program for intensive classroom and evaluation sessions. Currently, all Nurse Practitioner specialties require students to come to campus for this intensive experience. All specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate programs require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements or withdraw from the program. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Project

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete a major synthesis project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care outcomes. The project is completed as a part of the DNP Residency courses.  Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.