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Doctor of Nursing Practice
Online DNP Pathways


Sep 4th

20-32 Mo.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Online DNP Pathways

Online DNP pathways for working nurses with a BSN or MSN

AccreditationCCNE accredited1, Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
SpecializationsChoose from several advanced nursing specialization options, including several nurse practitioner specialties
EligibilityPathways designed for current registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing
Format100% online didactic courses, hands-on clinical experience, and completion of a DNP Practice Project
CurriculumDevelop a superior understanding of population health, complex healthcare system design, technology and informatics, improvement science, and nursing leadership
ClinicalsWe pledge your clinical placement
Herzing DNP graduate Carla Bourelly smiling with diploma
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Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best online graduate nursing programs in 2024

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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Transform advanced nursing practice with a DNP

Leverage your experience as a beneficiary of nursing knowledge and grow into its creator. Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and equip yourself with the tools to become a leader in the nursing profession.

Doctoral-level preparation is the future of advanced practice nursing. The healthcare system needs you to lead change. Use your expertise and degree to become the change you’ve always wanted to see. You are doctorally possible with Herzing University.

Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start September 4th

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Find your pathway to DNP with Herzing University

Program Options

Choose a specialty and begin pursuing the terminal degree in nursing. Students may consider enrolling in the following specialty BSN to DNP programs:


Master’s degree holders may be eligible to enroll in a post master’s version of the DNP curriculum, which can be completed in less than two years (about 20 months).

Why Herzing University?

Choose a nursing school who knows nursing

We have strong roots in nursing education and support the entire nursing education ladder, from our diploma-level practical nursing program all the way up through our advanced practice master’s degrees and post master’s certificate nursing programs.

We are excited to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice, our first doctoral-level nursing program to usher our students into the new era of advanced nursing practice. 

Cutting-edge curriculum 

Our DNP curriculum is developed in compliance with the competencies of the AACN new Essentials (2006, 2021) and utilizes the most current and innovative resources. 

Extensive support 

You’ll have an Academic Coach for each DNP course. Your online learning experience is personalized and asynchronous, with access to a host of student services

Practiced Faculty 

Learn from the best. Each of our doctorally-prepared faculty wields a wealth of practice experience, scholarship, and academic expertise to guide individualized student development and scholarly projects, including their dissemination and publication.  

A proud history in nursing 

We’ve done this for a long time—training nurses at the diploma, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels for many years. 

A top grad nursing program 

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best online graduate nursing programs in 2023. 

Over 90% Student satisfaction

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2023 Herzing Graduate Survey. 

"The Doctorate in Nursing Practice is the next step for nurses to reach the peak of education in their desired profession. Our DNP will allow nurses to design, implement and complete a project of their choosing and then have the opportunity to share their knowledge with the nursing community to better improve patient care or processes.

We are excited for students to grow as they add to their next tier of learning at the doctoral level."

A leader, educator, and advanced practice nurse that currently serves as the Associate Dean of Nursing for Graduate Programs, Dr. Wagner has a practice specialty as both an adult-gerontology and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She completed her Diploma RN and BSN in Springfield, Missouri and her MSN and DNP through the University of South Alabama, Mobile. She has 30 years’ experience in healthcare with 20 years as a nursing executive in both academia and healthcare organizations. She has been ensuring that nurses have the opportunity to reach their desired education potential for many years.

Dr. Wagner is instrumental in developing new programs within the academic setting for both the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Dr. Wagner has led initiatives for organizations to include Dedicated Education Units and Nursing Residency Programs (RNs and NPs) for both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has successfully obtained grant funding to support the growth of students in their chosen specialty and support the organizations where they obtain the education.

Tricia Wagner DNP, APRN-BC

Dr. Tricia Wagner

Associate Dean of Nursing for Graduate Programs

Classes Start September 4th

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Rosalind Cruz
I tell all my friends to go to Herzing. I had such great support from the school, but especially from the advisors. Anyone you reach out to is always willing to help.
Rosalind Cruz
Rosalind Cruz — Herzing Alumni

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Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Herzing University Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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