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Doctoral Program

Online DNP Program
for Maryland Residents (MSN to DNP)

Calendar

CLASSES START
Sep 4th

20 Mo.

Program Length

CCNE

Accredited

Online

Format

MSN

to DNP Pathway

Doctoral Program

Online DNP Program
for Maryland Residents (MSN to DNP)

Choose an online DNP program built for working nurses in Maryland

AccreditationCCNE accredited, Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
EligibilityPathways designed for current registered nurses in Maryland who hold a Master of Science in Nursing
Format100% online didactic courses, hands-on clinical experience, and completion of a DNP Practice Project
CurriculumCutting-edge competency-based curriculum to develop your skills in nursing practice scholarship, innovation, and leadership
ClinicalsWe pledge your clinical placement; Herzing has partnerships with select clinical sites in the state of Maryland
Maryland DNP nurse executive smiling with patient charts in hospital
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Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best online graduate nursing programs in 2024

DNP Program - Maryland
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Shape how nursing is done in Maryland as a doctorally-prepared leader in your chosen specialty

Herzing’s competency-based DNP curriculum emphasizes leadership development with coursework in improvement science, collaborative practice, population health, systems-based practice, and much more.

Our school exists to help students in Maryland and across the U.S. discover the educational path to the career they’ve always hoped to achieve. Partner with a university dedicated to helping you achieve your highest career goals as a nurse.

Our roots in online learning

Herzing University has been providing online learning to students throughout the United States since 2003. 

We are constantly working to improve our processes to create strong, supportive online communities of nursing students and faculty eager to help each other succeed in their education and work.

You can become a part of our vibrant online community—we’re thrilled to open our online DNP program to Maryland residents.

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Career-focused curriculum

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

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Flexible schedule

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

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Virtual services

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

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Lifelong support

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

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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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Curriculum

DNP program classes & curriculum details

Our DNP program, developed in compliance with the model for advanced nursing education of the AACN new Essentials (2006, 2021), implements a competency-based program structure:

Build

Develop a strong conceptual framework. Lecture-style coursework amplifies your current knowledge base and introduces concepts and frameworks to expand your understanding.

Engage

Build upon the framework and dive into the literature, evidence, and tools of nursing practice. Engage the evidence and appraise its utility. Identify opportunities for improvement and learn to design and implement methodologies to address them.

Apply

Apply practice tools at the highest level. Challenge and expand your knowledge base through clinical applications, complete your DNP project, and graduate ready to continue your professional journey to the top of your practice.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Doctor of Nursing Practice2032

i. Average number of months for students to complete the program. Program availability varies by location.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Project Residency Core Courses

All courses, 8.00 semester credit hours, are required.

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Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best online graduate nursing degree programs in 2024.

CCNE Accreditation

The doctoral degree program in nursing at Herzing University Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Accreditation & Recognition

Our accredited & recognized online school

We strive to earn rank as one of the top private, nonprofit universities in the United States. Just as you work every day to become the best version of yourself, so do we as a university.

We are proud to have attained institutional and programmatic accreditation in addition to industry recognition for our accomplishments helping students earn a college education and find career success.

Requirements

Program admission requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program include:

  • Unencumbered RN licensure
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A master’s degree in nursing (MSN, MN) from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and or National League of Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditationi
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)/résuméii
  • Required background check/clinical compliance upon admission
  • No GRE required

i. The master’s degree must include preparation for an advanced nursing practice specialty (e.g., Nurse educator, Nursing administration, etc.) or an advanced practice nursing role (NP, CNS, CRNA, CMN). If the master’s degree did not include preparation for an advanced nursing practice specialty or an advanced practice nursing role, the completion of an accredited post-graduate certification program in an advanced nursing practice specialty or an advanced practice nursing role is required prior to admission.

ii. Your CV/résumé should include: focus/topic for your DNP project, site for your DNP project (ideas for what and where to do the project), years of practice experience, community service, references, and experience with any of the following: diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, initiatives focusing on the social determinates of health, population health initiatives, health-focused partnerships with industry, academia, or local government, research or research translation, quality and safety initiatives, leadership in complex healthcare systems, health information technology/advocacy and/or policy development.

MSN Clinical Placement Pledge Herzing Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of a DNP program in Maryland is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment documents.

Careers

Advance to the highest levels of nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice

By pursuing a doctorate in nursing, you are taking a significant step to advance your nursing career to greater heights and continue to make a meaningful impact on healthcare in your community.

Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice builds a foundation for you to excel in your specialty and reach the top of the nursing field in Maryland.

Salary and employment data roughly estimates expected pay and employment expectations in Maryland for nurse practitioners and medical and health services managers - which includes positions aligned with our Nursing Leadership and Administration and Public Health specializations.

Average salary estimates in Maryland*

Job/CareerAnnualHourly
Nurse Practitioners (source)$127,990$61.54
Medical and Health Service Managers (source)$150,590$72.40

Employment outlook in Maryland*

Job/CareerExpected growthJobs added
Nurse Practitioners (source)36.3%1,550
Medical and Health Service Managers (source)27.3%3,600
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Disclosures

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

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

** Projections Central, Long-Term Projections (2020-2030). Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work, and degree field will affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, or other career growth.

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