Online MSN to DNP Program

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Program at a Glance

  • Earn both your master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing seamlessly. 
  • Specialize in a pathway that aligns with your career.
  • Complete courses online and continue working while you study at your convenience. 
  • The master’s degree and DNP are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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Course Effort
15 Hours Per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
2 Years
Credits Required
Cost per Credit
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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)—DNP Path Overview

We offer a direct path toward earning both a master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. If you possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing, completion of this MSN to DNP program is required to move on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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.

Degree Pathways

Choose from multiple pathways designed to provide further knowledge in your chosen specialty:

  • Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner: Focus on diagnosing, treating, and managing patients’ acute and chronic health conditions.
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner: Promote holistic health care to members of the adult and older adult population through assessment, diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment of chronic health problems.
  • Executive leader: Focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology.
  • Family nurse practitioner, primary care: Promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family systems context through the assessment, diagnosis, and management of chronic health problems.
  • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner: Provide comprehensive psychiatric mental health care through the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of psychiatric mental health disorders, medical organic brain disorders, substance abuse problems, and complex co-occurring disease processes and disorders across the lifespan.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: Residents of TN may not enroll in this program. Residents of the following states and territories may not enroll in the nurse practitioner population focus areas: HI, LA, NY, OR, UT, WA, Guam. In addition, residents of DC may not enroll in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner population focus area or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner population focus area, and residents of the Virgin Islands may not enroll in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner or family nurse practitioner, primary care focus areas. Residents of WA or the Virgin Islands may not enroll in the executive leader concentration.

Clinical Practice Experiences

Faculty- and preceptor-guided clinical practice experiences in your community provide knowledge and mentoring specific to your area of interest.

Put your knowledge to work with a mentor in the health care organization of your choice.

All clinical practice experience hours completed in the master’s program apply toward your doctorate.

Contact an Admissions Advisor for information on the number of clinical practice experience hours required in your specialty area.

CCNE Accreditation

The master's degree in nursing program at Purdue Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor's degree with an upper-level major in nursing and an approved criminal background check is required. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Additional requirements apply. Refer to the program-specific policy page in the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

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Prepare for Industry Certifications

Upon completion of the MSN to DNP program, you may be eligible to pursue industry-recognized certifications in your selected specialty area*:

Nursing credentials demonstrate your adherence to a higher standard and may be a condition for employment in nursing.

As of March 2023, 94.6% is the average pass rate for nurse practitioner students who graduated in 2021 and are known to have attempted a certification exam through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses).

Dedicated Faculty and Advisors

Current information and techniques are taught by practicing professionals who have advanced degrees in nursing.

Academic advisors and faculty offer personalized academic support as you earn your master's in nursing online.

What Courses Will I Take?

The online MSN to DNP program includes the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal.

Once you complete the master’s degree courses, you’ll move on to Purdue Global’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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Sample Courses
  • Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice
  • Epidemiology and Health Promotion
  • Health Policy, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
  • Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Health Care Delivery


Each option includes a guided clinical practice experience:

  • Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner
  • Executive leader
  • Family nurse practitioner, primary care
  • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner

NP Pathways

  • Core Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Total Credits

Other Pathways

  • Core Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

Purdue Global's Master of Science in Nursing allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in roles such as administration, education staff development, and advanced practice nursing.*

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Learning
  2. Active Listening
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Nursing Licensure: Graduates of a nurse practitioner pathway 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. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states. Refer to Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information. 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), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Nurse Practitioner Average Pass Rate: Purdue Global School of Nursing, October 2021.