School of Nursing

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. Throughout the program, you will develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery, that will significantly impact health care outcomes and transform health care delivery. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.

Advanced practice nurses practicing in today’s healthcare environment require complex clinical skills and sophisticated knowledge of the evidence-base for practice. Graduates of the DNP will be able to affect the healthcare delivery system by evaluating the evidence base for nursing practice, becoming leaders in the clinical arenas, establishing standards and policies, and meeting the needs of today’s diverse healthcare systems.

There is one MSN to DNP major and 9 specialty areas of concentration from which students can choose:


All applications to the School of Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. The DNP Program admits BSN graduates, post-baccalaureate nurses, advanced practice nurses and nursing administration practitioners who have completed a graduate  degree in nursing from  an ACEN (NLN), ACICS, or CCNE accredited program in nursing. BSN graduates with a master’s in other areas may also be considered for admission.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Please visit the DNP Application/Admission page for a full list of application requirements, including deadlines and clearances.

Admission of International Students

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the DNP program admission criteria stated above, and deadlines for admissions to all programs are available online. The on-line application must be completed in English.  A DNP applicant must have evidence of the receipt of a degree comparable to the American master’s degree in nursing for admission to the MSN to DNP program or a degree comparable to the American baccalaureate degree in nursing for admission to the BSN to DNP program. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student’s academic accomplishments.  For more information, visit the School of Nursing International Students page.

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Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same as the tuition for on-campus programs. Current tuition rates and student fee information can be found at the website for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.


Please visit the DNP Areas of Concentration Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261