Doctor of Nursing Practice

A clinical doctoral program for RNs who are looking to further their education.

BSN to DNP Program

Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    January 15
  • Program Start:
    June - Summer
  • Locations Available:
    100% online
  • Executive Leadership
  • 100% online
  • Length of Program:
    Full-time - 2 years
    Part-time - 3 year options
  • Credit / Clinical Hours:
    FNP: 72 credit hours/ 1040 clinical hours
  • Adult/Geriatric CNS: 67 credit hours / 1002 clinical hours
  • Executive Leadership: 70 credit hours / 1088 clinical hours
  • Degree Awarded:
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Part-Time Study Available?

2021 BSN to DNP Information Session

The Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is excited to announce the addition of the BSN to DNP Program to its academic offerings starting Summer 2020.  Students interested in pursuing an MSN in the roles of family nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology clinical nurse specialist or nursing administration are encouraged to explore this new option which combines the graduate and doctoral coursework into one seamless terminal degree. 

The creation of an integrated BSN to DNP curriculum is in line with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' (NONPF), the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and American Organizations of Nurse Executives (AONE) commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree by 2025. The program is not an addition to master's studies, but rather an integration of the objectives and learning opportunities required for attainment of doctoral level core and population-focused competencies.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that prepares clinical scholars recognized for outstanding leadership and innovative evidence-based patient/population centered outcomes.  The program focuses on interprofessional collaboration and developing competencies in practice, leadership, and quality improvement an safety that lead to enhanced outcomes important to patients, families, providers, and organizations. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at the Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Scholarship Opportunities


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Student Learning Outcomes

The desired student outcomes include:

  • The effective verbal articulation of knowledge and its application
  • Use science-based theories and concepts to:
    • Determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena
    • Describe the actions and advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate and ameliorate health and health care delivery phenomena as appropriate
    • Evaluate outcomes
  • Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political and economic sciences.
  • Design, direct and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
  • Provide leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues   within healthcare systems relating to the use of information, information technology, communication networks and patient care technology.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  • Use conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population, fiscal and policy issues.
  • Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
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