A State-by-State Guide to Online and Campus-Based CCNE and ACEN-Accredited DNP Programs

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) serve as the two, major accrediting bodies for DNP programs in the U.S.; both of which are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as national accreditation agencies.

Do you have to choose an accredited program? No. Accreditation is a voluntary process for institutions that house DNP programs.

However, it is important to know that many employers look for DNP candidates who have earned their degree from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited program since it offers the assurance that the program meets or exceeds the standards of a quality education.

The list of DNP programs shown here includes only those that have received CCNE or ACEN accreditation, or both.

Pathway to the DNP

Although many DNP programs require candidates to hold an MSN, perhaps just as many accept candidates that possess a BSN. These post-bachelor’s DNP programs include the components of both the MSN and the DNP, providing a streamlined route to earning the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

In most cases, DNP programs that accept bachelor’s-prepared RNs are actually designed to provide entry points for both BSN- and MSN-prepared students. MSN-educated RNs entering these programs would simply start at the post-master’s phase.

Some DNP programs even offer pathways for candidates that possess a master’s or bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing.

DNP Specializations

DNP programs offer one or more specialization or area of focus. The number and type of specializations vary considerably from one program to the next. Some specializations are only available at the post-master’s level for MSN-prepared students.

Online Option

Many programs allow for some degree of online study, and many more are offered completely online, requiring students to attend just a few on-campus immersion experiences throughout the program. Online programs have helped improve access to the DNP, providing interactive, web-based courses with all the rigor of a campus-based program.

The programs we acknowledge as having an online component may be available either partially or fully online.

 

Alabama

Samford University

  • Location: Birmingham
  • RN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP, Administration, APRN
  • Online Component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Alabama – Birmingham

  • Location: Birmingham
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

  • Location: Tuscaloosa
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online Component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Alabama – Huntsville

  • Location: Huntsville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online Component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of South Alabama

  • Location: Mobile
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specialization: APRN, Executive Administration
  • Online Component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Troy University

  • Location: Troy
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

Alaska

No programs at this time. 

Arizona

Arizona State University

  • Location: Phoenix
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Innovation Leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Grand Canyon University

  • Location: Phoenix
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Nurse Executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Northern Arizona University

  • Location: Flagstaff
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

The University of Arizona

  • Location: Tucson
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

  • Location: Fayetteville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • Location: Little Rock
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Administration, APRN
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Central Arkansas

  • Location: Conway
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

California

Azusa Pacific University

  • Location: Azusa
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Nurse practitioner, Systems Leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Brandman University

  • Location: Irvine
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

California State University, Fresno

  • Location: Fresno
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

California State University, Fullerton

  • Location: Fullerton
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

California State University, Long Beach

  • Location: Long Beach
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

California State University, Los Angeles

  • Location: Los Angeles
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

California State University, Northern California Consortium, Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Location: Fresno
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Loma Linda University

  • Location: Loma Linda
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA, Nurse Administration, Nurse Educator
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Samuel Merritt University

  • Location: Oakland
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

San Jose State University

  • Location: San Jose
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Southern California CSU DNP Consortium

  • Location: Fullerton
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Management and Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of San Diego

  • Location: San Diego
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of San Francisco

  • Location: San Francisco
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Western University of Health Sciences

  • Location: Pomona
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Colorado

American Sentinel University

  • Location: Aurora
  • MSN-DNP, MS-DNP
  • Specializations: Educational leadership, executive leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

Colorado Mesa University

  • Location: Grand Junction
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Regis University

  • Location: Denver
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Advanced leadership in healthcare
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Colorado

  • Location: Aurora
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Non-direct care clinical roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

  • Location: Colorado Springs
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Northern Colorado

  • Location: Greeley
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Connecticut

Fairfield University

  • Location: Fairfield
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CRNA
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Quinnipiac University

  • Location: Hamden
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CRNA, Care of Populations, Nurse Leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Sacred Heart University

  • Location: Fairfield
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse executive, nurse educator
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Connecticut

  • Location: Storrs
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Saint Joseph

  • Location: West Hartford
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Yale University

  • Location: Orange
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Aggregate/Systems, Healthcare Organizations
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Delaware

Wilmington University

  • Location: New Castle
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

District of Columbia

The Catholic University of America

  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

George Washington University

  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, executive leadership, healthcare quality, nursing education
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Florida

Barry University

  • Location: Miami Shores
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse executive
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Florida Atlantic University

  • Location: Boca Raton
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Nurse leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Florida International University

  • Location: Miami
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Nurse practitioner roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Florida State University

  • Location: Tallahassee
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family nurse practitioner
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Jacksonville University

  • Location: Jacksonville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Nova Southeastern University

  • Location: Ft. Lauderdale
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, executive leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Central Florida

  • Location: Orlando
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Florida

  • Location: Gainesville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Nurse practitioner roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Miami

  • Location: Coral Gables
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA, leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of North Florida

  • Location: Jacksonville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA, NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of South Florida

  • Location: Tampa
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Georgia

Augusta University

  • Location: Augusta
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Georgia College & State University

  • Location: Milledgeville
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Georgia Southern University

  • Location: Statesboro
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, management/administration, health policy
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Georgia State University

  • Location: Atlanta
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, organizational and systems leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Mercer University

  • Location: Atlanta
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: management, nurse leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Location: Honolulu
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Hawaii Hilo

  • Location: Hilo
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Idaho

Boise State University

  • Location: Boise
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Idaho State University

  • Location: Pocatello
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Illinois

Chamberlain College of Nursing

  • Location: Downers Grove
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Healthcare systems leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

DePaul University

  • Location: Chicago
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Illinois State University

  • Location: Normal
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Kaplan University

  • Location: Chicago
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Lewis University

  • Location: Romeoville
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Loyola University Chicago

  • Location: Maywood
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Healthcare quality using education in safety technology, Infection prevention
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Rush University

  • Location: Chicago
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nursing leadership-population health, clinical nurse leader
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

  • Location: Peoria
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

  • Location: Edwardsville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CNRA, nurse educator, Family NP, DNP/MBA
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Location: Chicago
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, DNP transition for non-BSN RNs
  • Specializations: NP and CNS roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of St. Francis

  • Location: Joliet
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Indiana

Ball State University

  • Location: Muncie
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Indiana University – Purdue University

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Organizational and systems leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Indiana State University

  • Location: Terre Haute
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Location: Marion
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Purdue University

  • Location: West Lafayette
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN students
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Southern Indiana

  • Location: Evansville
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, organizational and systems leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Valparaiso University

  • Location: Valparaiso
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Iowa

Allen College

  • Location: Waterloo
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Briar Cliff University

  • Location: Sioux City
  • BSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Clarke University

  • Location: Dubuque
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP, health leadership and practice, nursing education
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

The University of Iowa

  • Location: Iowa City
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CRNA, health systems
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Kansas

University of Kansas

  • Location: Kansas City
  • BSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, leadership, public health, clinical research management
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Washburn University of Topeka

  • Location: Topeka
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Wichita State University

  • Location: Wichita
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University

  • Location: Richmond
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Organizational leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Frontier Nursing University

  • Location: Hyden
  • AND-DNP, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, BS-DNP
  • Specializations: CNM, NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

Murray State University

  • Location: Murray
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP, CRNA
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Northern Kentucky University

  • Location: Highland Heights
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

University of Kentucky

  • Location: Lexington
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, population and organizational systems
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Western Kentucky University

  • Location: Bowling Green
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP, administration
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Louisiana

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

  • Location: New Orleans
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA, public/community health
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Loyola University New Orleans

  • Location: New Orleans
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

  • Location: Shreveport
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, organizational systems leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Southeastern State University

  • Location: Hammond
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Southern University, A&M College

  • Location: Baton Rouge
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNM
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Location: Lafayette
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, nurse administration/leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Maine

No programs at this time.

Maryland

John Hopkins University

  • Location: Baltimore
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Salisbury University

  • Location: Salisbury
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP, leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • Location: Bethesda
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CRNA
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Maryland

  • Location: Baltimore
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Massachusetts

MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Location: Boston
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, DNP for nurse executives
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Northeastern University, US Army Graduate Program

  • Location: Boston
  • BSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Regis College

  • Location: Weston
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS, practice leader, educator
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

Simmons College

  • Location: Boston
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Location: Amherst
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, public health nurse leader
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Location: Boston
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, public health nurse leader
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

  • Location: North Dartmouth
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Location: Worcester
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Michigan

Grand Valley State University

  • Location: Grand Rapids
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, health systems leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Madonna University

  • Location: Livonia
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Michigan State University

  • Location: East Lansing
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Oakland University

  • Location: Rochester
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Saginaw Valley State University

  • Location: University Center
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Detroit – Mercy

  • Location: Detroit
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

  • Location: Ann Arbor
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN and leadership roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Michigan – Flint

  • Location: Flint
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN nurses and APRN roles for MSN nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Wayne State University

  • Location: Detroit
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CNM
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Minnesota

Augsburg College

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Transcultural Nursing Leadership for MSN nurses, Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Capella University

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

The College of St. Scholastica

  • Location: Duluth
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Metropolitan State University

  • Location: Saint Paul
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

St. Catherine University

  • Location: Saint Paul
  • MSN-DNP, BS-DNP/MAHS/MAOL/MBA
  • Specializations: NP, nurse leader
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

University of Minnesota

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, public health nursing, integrative health and healing, health innovation and leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Walden University

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Winona State University

  • Location: Winona
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CNS, nursing and organizational leadership, practice and leadership innovations
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Mississippi

Delta State University

  • Location: Cleveland
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Mississippi University for Women

  • Location: Columbus
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • Location: Jackson
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, healthcare administrator
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Location: Hattiesburg
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA, nurse leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Missouri

Graceland University

  • Location: Independence
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Organizational leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Maryville University of St. Louis

  • Location: St. Louis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Missouri State University

  • Location: Springfield
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Saint Louis University

  • Location: Saint Louis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Missouri – Columbia

  • Location: Columbia
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, nursing leadership and innovations in healthcare
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Missouri – Kansas City

  • Location: Kansas City
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CRNA
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Missouri – St. Louis

  • Location: St. Louis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, leadership in population health
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Montana

Montana State University

  • Location: Bozeman
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Nebraska

Creighton University

  • Location: Omaha
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, clinical systems administration
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Nebraska Methodist College

  • Location: Omaha
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, Family NP, Adult Gerontology CNS
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Location: Omaha
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, nurse leader/executive for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Nevada

University of Nevada DNP Program – Consortium of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and University of Nevada, Reno

  • Location: Reno
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNM, nurse leader
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

New Hampshire

No programs at this time.

New Jersey

Farleigh Dickinson University

  • Location: Teaneck
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, MS-DNP
  • Specializations: gerontology for BSN-prepared nurses, clinical leadership, organizational leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Felician University

  • Location: Lodi
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, executive leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Monmouth University

  • Location: West Long Branch
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: healthcare leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

  • Location: Newark
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, leadership-management
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Saint Peter’s University

  • Location: Jersey City
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Adult gerontology, leadership, administration
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Seton Hall University

  • Location: South Orange
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

William Patterson University of New Jersey

  • Location: Wayne
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, administration
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

New Mexico

New Mexico State University

  • Location: Las Cruces
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, public/community health
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of New Mexico

  • Location: Albuquerque
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, executive organizational leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

New York

Binghamton University

  • Location: Binghamton
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Columbia University

  • Location: NYC
  • BSN-DNP, MS-DNP (designed for non-nursing college graduates)
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Daeman College

  • Location: Amherst
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

D’Youville College 

  • Location: Buffalo
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Hunter College of the City University of New York

  • Location: NYC
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, community/public health
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

New York University

  • Location: NYC
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, MS-DNP (designed for non-nursing college graduates)
  • Specializations: NP, CNM, CNS, nurse administrator, educator, informatics
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Pace University

  • Location: Pleasantville
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

St. John Fisher College

  • Location: Rochester
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

State University of New York Upstate Medical Center

  • Location: Syracuse
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Leadership, health policy and advocacy, interprofessional practice, information technology
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Stony Brook University

  • Location: Stony Brook
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Executive model
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Buffalo, State University of New York

  • Location: Buffalo
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CRNA for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Rochester

  • Location: Rochester
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

North Carolina

Duke University

  • Location: Durham
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CRNA
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

East Carolina University

  • Location: Greenville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, APRN
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Hunt School of Nursing

  • Location: Boiling Springs
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: advanced practice leadership, educational leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

UNC Charlotte/Western Carolina University WCU Dual DNP Program

  • Location: Charlotte
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Location: Chapel Hill
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, administration, outcomes management, informatics
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Winston-Salem State University

  • Location: Winston-Salem
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

  • Location: Fargo
  • BSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Mary

  • Location: Bismarck
  • BSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of North Dakota

  • Location: Grand Forks
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Ohio

Ashland University

  • Location: Mansfield
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, MS-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Case Western Reserve University

  • Location: Cleveland
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Mount St. Joseph University

  • Location: Cincinnati
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Health systems leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Ohio State University

  • Location: Columbus
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: clinical expert, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Otterbein University

  • Location: Westerville
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes

University of Akron

  • Location: Akron
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Cincinnati

  • Location: Cincinnati
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Toledo

  • Location: Toledo
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Ursuline College

  • Location: Pepper Pike
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Walsh University

  • Location: North Canton
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Wright State University/University of Toledo DNP Program Consortium

  • Location: Dayton
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Oklahoma

Kramer School of Nursing

  • Location: Oklahoma City
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses, clinical and administration for MSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

  • Location: Oklahoma City
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University

  • Location: Portland
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Portland

  • Location: Portland
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Pennsylvania

Carlow University

  • Location: Pittsburgh
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Chatham University

  • Location: Pittsburgh
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

DeSales University

  • Location: Center Valley
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: clinical leadership, executive leadership with MBA
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

La Salle University

  • Location: Philadelphia
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Robert Morris University

  • Location: Moon Township
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Temple University

  • Location: Philadelphia
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses, APRN roles for MSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Thomas Jefferson University

  • Location: Philadelphia
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA for BSN-prepared nurse
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Pittsburgh

  • Location: Pittsburgh
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse administration
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Villanova University

  • Location: Villanova
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse administration
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Waynesburg University

  • Location: Waynesburg
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, nurse administration
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Widener University

  • Location: Chester
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Wilkes University

  • Location: Wilkes Barre
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Rhode Island

No programs at this time.

South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina

  • Location: Charleston
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes

University of South Carolina

  • Location: Columbia
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes

South Dakota

South Dakota State University

  • Location: Brookings
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CNS for BSN-prepared nurses, NP roles for MSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Tennessee

Belmont University

  • Location: Nashville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

East Tennessee State University

  • Location: Johnson City
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles and executive leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Lincoln Memorial University

  • Location: Harrogate
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: ACEN

King University

  • Location: Bristol
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Southern Adventist University

  • Location: Collegedale
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Union University

  • Location: Jackson
  • RN-DNP, BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: CRNA, NP, executive leadership
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Location: Jackson
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: nurse administration for BSN-prepared nurse
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • Location: Memphis
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • Location: Knoxville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, nurse executive for BSN-prepared nurse
  • Online component: yes

Vanderbilt University

  • Location: Nashville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, MS-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Texas

Baylor University

  • Location: Dallas
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CNM
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Prairie View A&M University

  • Location: Houston
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Texas Christian University

  • Location: Fort Worth
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP, CNS for BSN-prepared nurses, APRN and nursing administration for MSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Location: Lubbock
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Texas Women’s University

  • Location: Denton
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Location: Arlington
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  • Location: Houston
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, informatics, nurse director
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Location: San Antonio
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: leadership, executive management, public health nurse leader
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Location: Galveston
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of the Incarnate Word

  • Location: San Antonio
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses, APRN roles for MSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Utah

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

  • Location: Provo
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP roles for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Utah

  • Location: Salt Lake City
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Vermont

No programs at this time.

Virginia

George Mason University

  • Location: Fairfax
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, nursing administration
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

James Madison University

  • Location: Harrisonburg
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, leadership in health systems
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Liberty University

  • Location: Lynchburg
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: nurse leader, NP, CNS
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Marymount University

  • Location: Arlington
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Old Dominion University

  • Location: Norfolk
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Radford University

  • Location: Arlington
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, MS-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, nurse executive leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Shenandoah University

  • Location: Winchester
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Virginia

  • Location: Charlottesville
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, CNS
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Washington

Gonzaga University

  • Location: Spokane
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Seattle University

  • Location: Seattle
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: health systems leader
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Washington

  • Location: Seattle
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN roles, community health nursing,
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Washington State University

  • Location: Spokane
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles, population health for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

West Virginia

West Virginia University

  • Location: Morgantown
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Family NP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin

  • Location: Mequon
  • MSN-DNP
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Edgewood College

  • Location: Madison
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: Leadership
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Marquette University

  • Location: Milwaukee
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: APRN, nurse administration
  • Online component: no
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

  • Location: Eau Claire
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS, nurse executive
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • Location: Madison
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP, CNS
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

  • Location: Milwaukee
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP, DNP/MBA
  • Specializations: FNP, CNS, community health/public nursing, nurse executive, informatics
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

  • Location: Oshkosh
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: FNP for BSN-prepared nurses
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Viterbo University

  • Location: LaCrosse
  • BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

  • Location: Laramie
  • MSN-DNP
  • Specializations: NP roles
  • Online component: yes
  • Accreditation: CCNE