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MSN to DNP Program in Nursing

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Purdue Global's Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative or advanced practice roles.* If you possess a bachelor’s degree and apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must enroll in this program. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path is required to move on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the MSN to DNP in Nursing program: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

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The master's degree in nursing program at Purdue Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Master's in Nursing—DNP Path Program Highlights

You can complete courses in the MSN to DNP program online, allowing you to continue working while you study at your convenience, day or night, from virtually anywhere you have access to the Internet. The Master of Science in Nursing program offers:

  • A balanced core curriculum and specialized courses in organizational theory, health care finance, human resources, and information and health care technologies.
  • A practicum or clinical experience designed to help you put your knowledge to work with a mentor in the health care organization or school of your choice.
  • Up-to-date information and techniques taught by practicing professionals who have advanced degrees in the fields they teach. 

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about hours needed to complete the clinical or practicum requirement.

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Pathways

Specialization in a particular area of nursing could help you build your niche in today's competitive health care field. Our concentration and population focus areas are designed to provide you with specific knowledge and skills to help advance your nursing career.

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Explore how to promote holistic health care to the adult population while diagnosing and managing their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system. Complete a clinical practice experience and apply theoretical knowledge while working with a qualified preceptor.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care: Explore how to promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family context, while diagnosing and managing their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as advocates for clients as they interface with the health care system. Complete a clinical practice experience and apply theoretical knowledge while working with a qualified preceptor
  • Executive Leader: Focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles. Complete a practicum experience during which you will work closely with an administrator mentor in a selected health care setting. Study to prepare for administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community centers, and long-term care facilities.
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Purdue Global's Master of Science in Nursing allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative, education staff development, and advanced practice roles. The program also offers a direct pathway to Purdue Global’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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April 18, 2018
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July 05, 2018
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September 19, 2018
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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The Master of Science in Nursing includes completion of the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal. Choose from three pathways designed to provide further knowledge in your chosen specialty and your specific advanced role:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Executive Leader
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care (FNP)
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AGNP/FNP
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits60
  • Total Credits90
Exec Leader
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits30
  • Total Credits60

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

Visit the Master of Science in Nursing page to access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Graduates who pass the relevant certification exam may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information and program availability. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).