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Post Master's DNP
Online Program (MSN to DNP)

Go from MSN to DNP and earn the terminal degree in nursing

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length24 months (6 semesters when enrolled full-time)
Credits to graduate32 credits
Format100% online didactic classes
AdmissionsMaster’s degree in nursing required for admissions
CurriculumCutting-edge competency-based curriculum to develop your skills in nursing practice scholarship, innovation, and leadership
DNP ProjectMake your impact on your practice in a culminating DNP Practice Project
Waived Enrollment Fee Classes start May 8th
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You are doctorally possible with Herzing University

We are proud to introduce our new degree pathway to the highest heights in the nursing field: a practice leadership-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post Master’s DNP program designed for nurses who have already earned a master’s degree in nursing.

According to the AACN’s most recent Annual Survey, enrollment in DNP programs has increased continuously for 20+ years running. Now is an excellent time to leverage your master’s-level education into the terminal degree in nursing.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace (asynchronously)
  • Class topics include Improvement Science, Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice, Professionalism and Leadership for Advanced Practice, Population Health, and more.
  • Access to extensive student services, including an academic coach for each DNP course
  • Discover the skillset required to become an invaluable change agent for the discipline of nursing

The future of advanced practice nursing is at the doctoral level. This is your opportunity to complete your education from MSN to DNP and develop the knowledge and skills needed to be transformative for healthcare.

Our goal is your career success—join us on the journey to actively create positive change for nursing.

Classes Start May 8th

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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 (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 Practice - Post Master's DNP2432

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.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the DNP program is $735 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

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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.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The DNP Project

The Herzing DNP Practice Project

While the clinical practicum is the key practical component of an MSN program, the DNP Practice Project represents the culmination of your DNP education: put everything you’ve learned into practice and begin making your impact immediately.

You won’t need to find a preceptor. The DNP project is an independent clinical effort facilitated by a Project Chair and Committee.

Key elements of the DNP project include: 

  1. Identify a problem
  2. Search, analyze, and synthesize literature and evidence
  3. Translate evidence to build methodology to address the problem
  4. Plan and implement
  5. Evaluate the outcomes, process and experience

Upon completion you’ll work closely with your Project Chair to disseminate your findings, from presentation to the practice and University/community events including submission for publication.

Classes Start May 8th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Careers

What you can do with a DNP degree

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) and other master’s-prepared advanced practice nurses can earn a DNP to climb to the highest rung on the career ladder across many different specialties.

Our leadership-focused program is designed to cover a broad set of skills applicable to any advanced practice nursing role you might seek, allowing you to make an impact in your practice, your community or your healthcare system.

You can also potentially increase your earning potential. According to the 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey, registered nurses whose highest education was a DNP reported a median salary of about $100,000, 11% higher than the $90,000 median for those who had earned as much as a master’s degree.

I haven’t earned an MSN—how can I earn a DNP with Herzing? You’ll first need to earn an MSN in one of our concentrations (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP, PMHNP, Nursing Education, or Nursing Leadership & Administration), then apply for our Post Master’s DNP program.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How long it takes depends on the college education you’ve already earned and if you choose a full-time or part-time pathway.

The fastest path would be a situation in which you have earned an MSN and are ready to commit to the DNP program full-time. You can potentially earn your DNP in as few as 24 months (2 years).

The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree, while a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing is a research-focused degree. Some key differences include:

  • PhD students are trained to develop new knowledge for both the science and practice of nursing, while DNP students learn the skills necessary to translate evidence from the research and put it into practice. Program curriculums vary accordingly.
  • PhD students complete a dissertation, while DNP students complete a minimum number of clinical hours and/or a scholarly project
  • Credit requirements can vary
  • Unique employment opportunities upon graduation

The DNP represents the terminal degree in nursing, meaning it’s the highest degree you can earn in nursing. It’s one level higher than the MSN. The main differences include:

  • Curriculum differences
  • Certification requirements
  • Enrollment trends
  • Salary potential
  • How long it takes to earn

Learn more about the difference between MSN vs. DNP.

Yes! There are many reasons why it’s worth pursuing a DNP, including:

  1. Reach the height of the nursing profession with the terminal degree in nursing
  2. Advance your skills regardless of your specialty
  3. Prepare for future APRN education requirements
  4. Doctorally-prepared nurses are needed to translate evidence and research
  5. Earn a key role in improvement science
  6. Become a better educator/teacher
  7. The healthcare system needs doctorally-prepared nurses

Yes, by earning a doctorate degree you can potentially be referred to as a “doctor.” However, some states may require DNP nurses to fully clarify their role if the title “Dr.” is used.

Even without formal state requirements, you should always clearly disclose your credentials with patients to avoid confusion.

Increasingly yes, but it ultimately depends on the institution who issued the degree.

As the popularity of online degrees continues to rapidly trend upward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so has mainstream acceptance of online degree programs.

Attitudes toward online degrees were already becoming more positive before the pandemic forced the issue. According to a 2019 study from Northeastern University, 61 percent of HR leaders say online learning is “of equal or greater quality to more traditional methods.” More than half believe that in the future, most advanced degrees will be online.

Regarding nursing applicants who earned online degrees, there are a few important factors employers consider:

  • The school and degree program’s accreditation. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).i
  • If you have earned nursing licensure. Our programs are designed to help you pass any necessary exams and become licensed before getting your first job.
  • The school’s reputation and history of producing excellent employees. Consider our many happy graduates and 50+ years producing more than 40,000 alumni.

For all these reasons employers know what it means when they see “Herzing University” on a resume!

i. Programmatic accreditation varies by program and by campus location. You can find all accreditation details here.

Salaries vary widely across different types of jobs in advanced practice nursing, and earning a DNP can potentially apply to them all. However, earning a DNP can potentially help you compete for higher pay.*

According to the 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey, registered nurses whose highest education was a DNP reported a median salary of about $100,000, 11% higher than the $90,000 median for those who had earned as much as a master’s degree.

In October of 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, which recommended moving the current level of preparation needed for advanced nursing practice from the master’s to doctorate level.

The AACN set an initial goal to phase out master’s level prep for APRNs and transition fully to DNP by 2015. That deadline has come and gone, and a master’s level education remains the minimum requirement to practice as an APRN (additional requirements vary per certification).

However, the transition has been discussed for many years—and not only by AACN. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) set a goal of 2025 to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree.

While enrollment in DNP programs has increased continuously for 20 years running as of the AACN’s most recent Annual Survey, a DNP has not yet become required to practice as an APRN.

However, the landscape is changing and the DNP is trending towards becoming the standard for APRNs at the highest level.

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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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Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post Master's DNP Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$735.00
Estimated Tuition Cost*$23,520.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$575.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$6,390.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
66
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
3232
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$29,910.00$29,910.00
Estimated Savings*
$0.00

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1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.