Building clinical expertise in baccalaureate-prepared nurses
As a nurse with a BSN, you have many choices to advance your education and your career. The BSN to DNP option at The Ohio State University will equip you to reach the highest level of practice expertise through clinical skill and leadership development.
As a BSN to DNP student, you will earn your DNP degree and master’s degree, and be eligible for advanced practice certification in one of our advanced practice specialties. Click the links to learn more about each specialty.
* These specialty areas are available in both online and on-campus formats.
All specialties listed above are available through on-campus study. The only specialties that are currently available for distance learning are Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. While the DNP coursework is completed online, if you select a campus-based specialty, you will be required to complete all of the specialty coursework by attending classes in person on our Columbus campus. One specialty must be selected at the time of application.
As a BSN to DNP student, you can complete the program in four years of full-time study or five years of part-time study. The first phase of the program combines the DNP Clinical Expert coursework with the requirements to earn your Master of Science degree to become advanced-practice certified. In the final two years of study, you will complete your DNP immersion experiences and final project.
A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice in the field of this academic program, or to advance or specialize in that field. The program meets licensure requirements in the State of Ohio and is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The Ohio State University is approved, or approval is not required, to offer this program in the student's state. However, if you are planning to seek a professional license or certification in a state other than Ohio, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek information and guidance before beginning the program. State licensing board contact information can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.