​The Post-MSN​ DNP program is for RNs and ARNPs who already possess a graduate degree in nursing and features two tracks: Advanced Practice and Leadership.

  • The Advanced Practice Track is designed for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. In this track, students will enhance their advanced practice specialties with a clinical focus on individuals and populations.
  • The Leadership Track focuses on executive-level skills and is suited for RNs and ARNPs working within health care systems in areas such as education and administration.

For most courses, students attend class the first evening of the semester, while the rest of the program is conducted online. A few of the courses require one to two additional in-person classes throughout the semester.

We offer full and part-time enrollment and students can begin any s​emester. Most students take either one or two courses per semester and finish the program in approximately 3 years.

Additional Certifications Available for Post-Masters DNP in the following categories:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics​

*Please email Stephanie for more information about these additional certificate options.

Admissions & Curriculum

View Admissions and Curriculum requirements for the Post-MSN DNP Program.

Admission Instructions

Apply online. Please direct questions to Stephanie Bloom at​.

Deadlines: The Keigwin School of Nursing application and all supporting documents must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: July 15
    • Classes start: August
  • Spring
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: November 15
    • Classes start: January
  • Summer
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: April 15
    • Classes start: May

​The Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program consists of 36-45 hours of post Master's degree credits. Students take 27 hours of coursework before beginning their clinical project and residency hours. The number of residency hours required is based on student clinical hours obtained during their Master of Science in Nursing program.

Students must complete at least 270 clinical residency hours in the 700 level although the final number of required hours varies by student. Students may take additional residency hours during the 600 level courses to lessen the number of hours they have to complete in the 700 level courses.

​Ideally students are able to integrate their clinical practice project and clinical residency experiences when possible. The clinical practice project provid​es opportunities to explore methods for giving meaning to a clinical issue or improving patient health or outcomes in a given area of specialization.

​Contact Us

Stephanie Bloom

Assistant Director of Enrollment & Advising for Graduate Nursing

Hilary Morgan, PhD, CNM

Lead faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice program