Online BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP Programs Available in Ohio

As of 2017, Ohio was home to 16,760 APRNs, an increase of more than 3,000 from just two years prior. The growing number of APRNs in Ohio is music to the ears of a healthcare sector that’s been plagued by physician shortages in recent years.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, as of 2018, nearly 1.4 million Ohio residents lived in areas that have been designated as primary care shortage areas by the federal government. And projections from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration reveal that by 2025, the Buckeye State will have a deficit of 1,200 primary care physicians.

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Not only are more Ohio nurses choosing to enter into advanced practice nursing, but many are choosing to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) along the way. The DNP allows Ohio’s nurses to display a commitment to the profession while also positioning them for exceptional professional opportunities and increased paychecks.

The DNP is pursued by RNs with their sights set on initial APRN certification (as a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist), as well as by practicing APRNs looking to transition into administration or clinical nursing education and those seeking to add another population focus or specialty certification.

Fortunately, there are plenty of colleges and universities offering the DNP with online courses to make them more accommodating to the schedules of working RNs. As of 2020, there were 20 schools in Ohio offering the DNP, most with entry points for both BSN- and MSN-educated nurses.

Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree in Ohio

Ohio’s DNP programs are designed for nurses who already hold at least a BSN. A number of programs offer the option for BSN-educated nurses to advance to the doctorate level while earning both an MSN and DNP. While BSN students enrolled in DNP programs typically earn an MSN before they earn the terminal DNP, one school in Ohio offers the option of advancing directly from a BSN to a DNP.

Of course, conventional DNP programs are also available that offer MSN-trained nurses the option to advance to a DNP. Several of Ohio’s post-MSN programs are designed specifically for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNS) looking to obtain the highest level of clinical training available by earning their DNP with a Clinical Expert track. Other programs offer a Nurse Executive track for those seeking positions as administrators, educators, clinical nurse leaders, or public health specialists.

Ohio nurses who seek more flexibility in their DNP studies can avail themselves of a number of accredited online DNP programs. Such programs enable both bachelor’s- and master’s-prepared nurses to take their courses while continuing to work in their chosen careers.

In Ohio, nurses enrolled in these online programs would work with their faculty advisor to find placement in an appropriate clinical setting that collaborates with their program. Such settings can range from geriatric sites to occupational health clinics depending on a student’s specialty. Students would then work with their advisor to determine a research focus that complements the studies in their chosen specialty for a final DNP project.

Doctorate-Level Coursework and DNP Projects

Nurses enrolled in DNP programs earn the highest level of education in their chosen area of practice. Nursing schools in Ohio offer an unusually diverse number of tracks for their DNP students. Online with online programs available in Ohio, specialty tracks include:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Executive Leadership
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Clinical Practice/Specialization in APRN Roles

Earning a DNP typically involves completing at least 1,000 hours of clinical sequences. Hours from both the students’ masters and doctoral programs count towards this requirement. In some cases, students entering a DNP program may already have post-baccalaureate hours. These hours can count towards a DNP if they are properly documented.

A final requirement to obtain a DNP is to complete a DNP project in the student’s chosen specialty. Nurses will work with a program mentor to identify an appropriate area of research.

Examples of DNP projects pursued in Westerville include:

  • Osteoporosis screening at the point of care with screening mammography
  • Promoting oral health care knowledge in African-American college students
  • The feasibility of hypertension management in the retail health facility
  • Improving vaccinations among Amish children in Knox County, Ohio

BSN to DNP Programs for BSN-Prepared Nurses

Most DNP programs for BSN-educated nurses involve obtaining a master’s degree in nursing first before enrolling in the final DNP segment of the program. Such arrangements enable nurses to earn both their master’s and doctoral degrees in one accelerated program at the same educational institution. This provides the most direct educational route for career advancement in the nursing field.

At the master’s level, nurses typically complete 30 core credits and additional coursework based on their chosen concentration.

Once nurses have completed their coursework at the master’s level, their next step is to complete the DNP-level coursework for their chosen track.

CCNE-Accredited BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP Programs Available in Ohio

The following DNP programs have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (current as of 2016).

 

Ashland University

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Ashland

Accreditation: CCNE

BSN-DNP (online)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Systems Leadership

MS/MSN-DNP (online)

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Health Systems Leadership

 

Case Western Reserve University

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Cleveland

Accreditation: CCNE and COA

Post-Master’s-DNP (hybrid)

  • Education Leadership
  • Practice Leadership
  • Nurse Anesthesia

 

Kent State University

College of Nursing

Kent

Accreditation: CCNE

BSN-DNP (online)

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN-DNP (online)

  • Leadership and Technology

 

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Nursing

Columbus

Accreditation: CCNE

Post-Master’s-DNP (online)

  • Leader in Clinical Practice
  • Executive Leader

 

Mount St. Joseph University

Department of Nursing

Cincinnati

Accreditation: CCNE

Post-Master’s-DNP (hybrid)

  • Health Systems Leadership

 

Ohio State University

College of Nursing

Columbus

Accreditation: CCNE

BSN-DNP (online)

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (also available hybrid/campus)
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (also available hybrid/campus)
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (also available hybrid/campus)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master’s-DNP (online)

  • Clinical Expert
  • Nurse Executive

 

Ohio University

School of Nursing

Athens

Accreditation: CCNE

BSN-DNP (online)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Geri Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Executive/Administrator
  • Nurse Educator

Post-MSN-DNP (online)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Geri Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Executive/Administrator
  • Nurse Educator Acute

 

Otterbein University

Department of Nursing

Westerville

Accreditation: CCNE and COA

BSN-DNP

  • Nurse Anesthesia (campus)
  • Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (hybrid)

ADN-DNP

  • Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (hybrid)

Master’s-DNP (online)

  • Advanced Practice
  • Nurse Executive

 

University of Akron

School of Nursing

Akron

CCNE and COA

BSN-DNP (hybrid)

  • Nurse Anesthesia

Post-Master’s-DNP (hybrid)

  • Leadership

 

University of Cincinnati

College of Nursing

Cincinnati

Accreditation: CCNE and COA

BSN-DNP

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (campus)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
  • Nurse Anesthesia (campus)
  • Nursing Administration (online)
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
  • Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online)

Post-MSN-DNP (online)

  • Leadership

 

University of Toledo

College of Nursing

Toledo

Accreditation: CCNE

BSN-DNP (campus)

  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN-DNP (online)

  • Direct Care
  • Leadership

 

Ursuline College

Breen School of Nursing

Pepper Pike

Accreditation: CCNE

MSN-DNP (online)

  • Direct Care
  • Indirect Care

Dual DNP/MBA (online)

  • Ethical Health Care Leadership

 

Walsh University

Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing

North Canton

Accreditation: CCNE

BSN-DNP (online)

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master’s-DNP (online)

  • Nurse Leader

A larger selection of CCNE and ACEN (American Commission for Education in Nursing)-accredited DNP programs are available online.

Other DNP programs in the state not shown here may be regionally accredited or hold specialty accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

Opportunities Available to Ohio’s DNP-Prepared Nurses

DNP-educated nurses in Ohio have the skills and training necessary to serve as high-level clinical practitioners, educators, and administrative leaders.

The following job listings provide insight into the many opportunities available to Ohio’s DNP-educated nurses:

Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing preferred
  • Previous pediatrics experience and emergency department experience preferred
  • Licensed as an RN in the State of Ohio

Assistant Professor or Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing – FNP, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

  • DNP or PhD with FNP in primary certification
  • At least two years of teaching experience in classroom learning and skills/simulation

Program Director BSN Nursing, Mercy College of Ohio, Toledo, OH

  • Minimum master’s in nursing; PhD, EdD, or DNP preferred
  • Active, unencumbered Ohio RN license
  • At least two years of experience as an RN

RN Clinical Placement Lead, Nursing Education, University Hospitals, Parma, OH

  • MSN required; DNP or PhD preferred
  • 10-15 years of clinical experience
  • 5-10 years of experience with education/teaching in clinical or academic setting
  • Current RN license in the State of Ohio

 

Examples of DNP nursing positions were taken from a survey of job listings in January 2020 and are shown for illustrative purposes only. These examples do not represent job offers or positions that are currently available.

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