Degree type(s): Doctorate
Degree field(s): Nursing
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

MSN to DNP Online Degree Program

This MSN to DNP online program from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing. If you’re looking to earn a nursing doctorate so that you can work at the highest level of nursing practice, learn more about getting your MSN to DNP here.

MSN to DNP Application Deadline:  July 1, 2019

Below you’ll find additional information, including:

•    MSN to DNP Online Program Highlights 

•    MSN to DNP Career Outlooks 

•    MSN to DNP Admissions Requirements 

This online degree, which includes one on-site requirements, gives nurses with an MSN the ability to function as highly skilled nursing doctorate leaders. Upon graduating with their nursing doctorate, graduates of this MSN to DNP program work in advanced nursing clinical practice or complex systems of care. Nurses who hold an MSN degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for this program. This includes a variety of MSN-prepared nurses, including nurse administrators and nurse educators. 

MSN to DNP Online Degree Program Highlights

This MSN to DNP online nursing program is accredited by the CCNE (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education), as are all the University of Mary’s nursing programs. Nursing doctorate or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates serve in a variety of clinical, organizational, and/or educational systems with diverse populations. Graduates of this MSN to DNP online program demonstrate clinical expertise, evidence-based decision making, leadership, and scholarship at the highest level of nursing practice. Gain these MSN to DNP advanced practice and leadership skills: 

  • Appraise health care organizations to assess strengths and weaknesses and facilitate organization-wide improvement in healthcare delivery from a systems thinking approach.
  • Perform as a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence based practice through critical evaluation, synthesis, and integration of health information data and research findings to improve healthcare and healthcare systems.
  • Integrate informatics and patient care technology into clinical practice and organizational systems to improve healthcare outcomes. 

  • Influence health care policy at the local, state, and federal level to champion issues of quality, social justice, equality, and fiscal responsibility in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Successfully negotiate and manage cutting-edge innovations and change among inter-professional teams for purposes of advancing healthcare quality among patients, populations, and complex systems.
  • Apply Benedictine values and Catholic values to foster a collaborative relationship that promotes respect, protection, and enhancement of spiritual integrity, human dignity, as well as cultural diversity to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Integrate professional standards, nursing science and theory, values, accountability, ongoing self- reflection, ethical, analytical, and organizational sciences as the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.

MSN to DNP Careers Outlook

An MSN to DNP program is a terminal professional degree in nursing practice, an alternative to a research focused doctoral degree or PhD. The MSN to DNP curriculum builds on traditional nursing master's degrees by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. The nursing doctorate is intended to enhance advanced practice roles to prepare nursing experts in population-based practice, leadership, and policy.

MSN to DNP graduates are in high demand for hiring into clinical practice, clinical leadership, and academic roles. Average salaries for those holding a nursing doctorate range from $72,000 to $140,000 depending on the region.*

Across the nursing profession, nursing salaries are predicted to rise by 22% by the year 2020, those with the highest levels of education – such as a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree – are expected to earn the highest salaries.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2016 (last updated March 13, 2017).

Application requirements for the University of Mary's MSN to DNP online program include the following:

  1. Completed online admissions application
  2. Select graduate application; create an application account (selecting online and MSN to DNP as your choice)
  3. $45 application fee
  4. Statement of professional goals
  5. Current professional resume
  6. Official MSN transcript (if applicable any others with evidence of graduate nursing coursework) from CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  7. Two letters of recommendation
  8. Evidence of current and unencumbered RN Licensure
  9. Background check through Castlebranch
  10. Background check disclosure form
  11. Verification of clinical/practicum hours completed as part of a master’s program in one of the following ways:
              •  The clinical/practicum hours completed in the master’s program are clearly identified on the transcript
              •  Syllabi for the clinical/practicum courses are submitted and the clinical/practicum hours are identified
              •  A letter from an official from the institution where the master’s degree was granted verifying the clinical/practicum hours
  12. If the applicant's MSN program did not include these master's courses, the student will be required to complete as part of their doctorate program of study.
  13. Pre-requisite requirement of successful completion of a graduate level statistics course

Billie Madler, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP
Chair, Graduate Nursing Education
University of Mary
[email protected] 

Jenna Herman, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor
University of Mary
[email protected]

Deanna L. Babb, DNP, APRN  FNP BC, FAANP
Associate Faculty
University of Mary
[email protected]

Annie Gerhardt, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor
University of Mary
[email protected]

If you are considering a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Mary, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered online, at distance learning locations, and/or at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota:

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