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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Herzing University

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.

Expand your education and experience in advanced practice and earn the terminal degree in nursing.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Develop a superior understanding of population health, complex healthcare system design, technology and informatics, improvement science, and nursing leadership
  • The Herzing DNP program focus: leadership, interdisciplinary knowledge, and the tools needed to impact positive nursing, healthcare, and population change

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.

Classes Start January 9th

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Post Master's DNP

Leverage your MSN into the terminal degree in nursing

We are thrilled to offer our first DNP degree pathway—a Post Master’s DNP program designed for nurses who currently hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

You can potentially complete the program and graduate with a DNP in 2 years (6 semesters).

DNP Prepared Nurse Practitioner Consulting with Patient
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 (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 2022. 

Over 90% Student satisfaction

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2021 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

Tricia Wagner
DNP, APRN-BC

Associate Dean of Nursing for Graduate Programs

Classes Start January 9th

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