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DNP Programs in Ohio

DNP Programs in Ohio

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.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online DNP Schools

6 DNP Schools in Ohio

Ohio State University

Wright State University

Ursuline College

University of Toledo