Doctor of Nursing Practice

Ranked #46 for Regional Universities Midwest by US News & World Report

CCNE Accredited Online DNP Program from Walsh University in Ohio

The online Family Nurse Practitioner program at Walsh University is accredited by the CCNE.

DNP Program Online from Walsh University

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Influence and Improve Health Care

Walsh University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is ideal for MSN-prepared nurses who want to expand their advanced nursing role and prepare to be a nurse leader who is ready for the future of health care. Leverage and apply knowledge from the sciences within the fields of organizational management, ethics, health policy, and information technology.


Earning a DNP at Walsh University will help you build the knowledge and skills to fulfill a vital role in today's increasingly complex health care environment. You'll develop competencies in critical areas such as quality improvement, evidence-based problem solving, and health care policy, while evolving as a nurse leader.

In Walsh University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP), you will:

  • Gain executive knowledge and competencies in influential leadership
  • Strategically promote change in health care with an understanding of data-driven business strategy and transformative care models
  • Stand out and demonstrate your commitment to the field as you earn the highest credential for clinical nursing practice

Learn more by downloading your program guide.

Online DNP Fast Facts

  • Choose a Convenient Pathway to Leadership
    • Expand your scope of practice and earn your DNP in just 34 credits, or 5 semesters
    • Choose from three intakes a year so you can start when it makes sense for you
    • Balance your education while continuing to work full time
    • Take advantage of flexible financial aid
  • Learn within a Supportive Community
    • Connect with engaged faculty of experienced nurses and benefit from small class sizes
    • Receive proactive, dedicated support and one-on-one coaching to help you succeed

Walsh University Recognition

Take the opportunity to reach your goals at a school recognized for its value and academic excellence.

  • #58 in Best Value Schools (U.S. News and World Report)
  • #46 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Ranked #5 in the 50 Best Nursing Schools in Ohio (Nursing Schools Almanac)
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Online DNP Program Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will take while enrolled in the online DNP program. For a full list, please download a brochure.

NURS 710 – Nursing Leadership Role and Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems 3 sem. hrs.

In this course students synthesize ethical theoretical leadership concepts with personal and professional values and gain an appreciation for the changing sociocultural context in which clinical leadership is practiced. Within a clinical context, working with multiple disciplines and stakeholders, communication, negotiation, and conflict management is addressed. Transformation of systems, informatics, demographic and cultural trends, and advocating for ethical decision-making are emphasized. Using principles of chaos and complexity theory, students will explore methods for assessing organizations, identifying emerging issues, and facilitating organization-wide changes.

NURS 718 – Health Care Technology and Data Management 3 sem. hrs.

Students will explore healthcare informatics concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the healthcare environment and classroom. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies, knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Emphasis is on thehealth informatics resources to implement health care outcome improvementand support practice and administrative decision-making. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to their area of practice.

MBA 723 – Healthcare Finance/Economics 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores healthcare specific financial policies and issues, analytical framework and economic transformation for financial decisions (such as investment and working capital), methods of financial management, insurance coverage and financing. In addition, the course focuses on the ability to apply economic and population health models to address health service issues and problems.

NURS 708 – Translating Evidence into Practice 2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the critical examination of data analysis and interpretation for advanced nursing practice research problems. SPSS statistical program will be utilized for data analysis. Issues related to data analysis and interpretation of results will be discussed.

NURS 725 – Adv. Leadership and Management 4 sem. hrs.

This course is designed to advance the student’s ability to use leadership and management theory in nursing practice within current and emerging organizational systems. The student will build on previous course work to further develop the DNP leadership role in these focus areas: leadership development, management of care, collaboration with other health professionals, group and team dynamics, finance, physician relations/alignment, planning and human resource management (150 clinical hours).