In addition to the Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP program, the College of Nursing offers the Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP pathway. The post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway is for nurses with a BSN degree entering directly into the DNP Program without first earning an MSN degree.

The added content in the post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway will allow a seamless progression from the completion of a baccalaureate degree to advanced practice. Advanced practice specialty training at the doctoral level is needed to address the growing complexity of patient care and health care systems. In addition, expanding accountability of clinical expert nurses in advanced practice roles requires competencies in population-based care, leadership, health policy, health system improvement, research and evidence-based practice. The MSN degree is awarded once the student has completed that portion of the curriculum.


Programs of Study will be individualized based on semester started and full-time or part-time status.

The post-baccalaureate to DNP Nursing Administration track is totally online (1 required visit after completion of the MSN portion).

The post-baccalaureate to DNP (FNP and AGACNP) tracks are hybrid programs during the MSN portion with students attending class on campus for one day every other week each semester.