Ohio DNP Programs

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Ohio DNP Programs

Today's hospitals and clinics are full of highly qualified nursing professionals, yet the demand for these professionals keeps growing. To get ahead of the competition, it's recommended that registered nurses and advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, continue education with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. DNP programs in Ohio offer an opportunity for nurses to become healthcare leaders, learning everything from how to provide the highest possible level of care to how to use nursing expertise for administration and policy changes.

Ohio is among more than 5 states with the most DNP programs in the country. Currently, the state has 10 DNP programs. These programs vary in terms of curriculum, program entry points, length, and cost. It is important to consider all of these aspects of each program when deciding which one best fits.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Some programs offer the DNP program only for applicants who have already completed a master's degree, while others are open also to those with only a bachelor's degree in nursing. Kent State University's DNP program, which began in 2011, is offered part-time to post-MSN students only. The program offers 12 different advanced practice specialties and consists of 37 credits, 540 supervised clinical hours, and a scholarly project.

Case Western Reserve University offers a DNP programs that requires completion of 34 post-MSN credits over at least 2 years, depending on whether the student is enrolled full-time or part-time. There is an option at Case Western to begin the program after completing a baccalaureate degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary slightly between programs, but the following is common:

  • Bachelor's and/or master's in nursing from an accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Current RN license and/or advanced practice certification
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume/CV
  • Sample of written work
  • Evidence of clinical hour completion
  • Interview


Tuition varies between programs and is subject to change. Tuition for Case Western's DNP program, for example, is currently listed at $1,749 per credit.

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17 South High Street, Suite 400
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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Ohio

University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Ohio State University
154 W 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435
Ursuline College - The Breen School of Nursing
2550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606

Ohio Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (OH)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Ohio DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Ohio DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Ohio, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Ohio educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Ohio Board of Nursing to find out more about how Ohio recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Ohio schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Ohio Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Ohio, more and more Ohio higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Ohio to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Ohio nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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