Doctor of Nursing Practice


Contact: Susan Bradford, 330-972-7555 or

Now accepting applications for summer 2023

    Upcoming DNP Weekend Intensive Dates

October 15th 2022

Clinical Scholar I Post-BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia

Clinical Scholar II Post-MSN to DNP 

October 16th 2022

Information Management Post-BSN and Post-MSN

January 7th 2023

Clinical Scholar II- Post BSN to DNP, Nurse Anesthesia

Program Evaluation - Post MSN to DNP

January 8th 2023

Advanced Healthcare Statistics- Post BSN to DNP, Nurse Anesthesia

DNP project I - Post MSN to DNP

March 4th 2023

Clinical Scholar II  - Post BSN to DNP, Nurse Anesthesia

Program Evaluation - Post MSN to DNP

March 5th 2023

Advanced Healthcare Statistics - Post BSN to DNP, Nurse Anesthesia

DNP Project I - Post MSN to DNP

This post-master’s program is available to:

  • Nurses with a master’s degree in nursing with an advanced practice focus from an accredited university. Admission criteria are available in The University of Akron Graduate Bulletin

This hybrid program is a blend of intensive face to face, intensive synchronous, and/or asynchronous learning modalities that are determined based on the course/content/semester. Students can complete the program in two years of study.

The University of Akron has a long tradition of being home to one of Ohio’s top ranked programs of nursing. One of the particular strengths of our DNP program is that  the courses at The University of Akron are taught by a complimentary blend of DNP and PhD prepared faculty, thus offering the student exposure to the best of both clinical/professional and academic/research scholarship. 

See the DNP program handbook for the curriculum and other information.

DNP Project Committee Designation and Approvals Form

Program Outcomes

  • Use appropriate theories and concepts to identify health-related phenomena of interest
  • Design and deliver interventions that can withstand scientific analysis
  • Evaluate health care delivery and nursing practices using sound evaluation principles
  • Use evaluation and other methods to account for quality of care and patient safety for focus populations
  • Critically appraise and/or use sources informing best evidence, i.e. epidemiology, statistics, health data, and/or methodologies
  • Deliver and evaluate care processes and outcomes based on best evidence
  • Analyze and define critical choices among health care technologies and information systems toward the betterment of care processes and outcomes
  • Understand the dynamics of health care policy and financing at the organizational and national levels
  • Provide or assist in the leadership of collaborative, inter-professional teams in health care delivery

Accredited program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Akron is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120. Phone: 202-887-6791;

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Mary Gladwin Hall
209 Carroll Street
Akron, Ohio 44325-3701

Associate Dean College of Health and Human Sciences / Director, School of Nursing
Marlene Huff

Program Coordinator
Linda Shanks

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