Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Program Overview

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021

Applications will be accepted after the published deadline provided space is available.

DNP Weekend Intensive Dates

October 16th 2021

Advanced Leadership in Healthcare

Information Management

October 17th 2021

Synthesis and Application of Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice

Clinical Scholar II  

January 8th 2022

Clinical  Scholar I

Program Evaluation

January 9th 2022

Advanced Healthcare Statistics

DNP Project 1 Online

March 5th 2022

Clinical Scholar I

DNP Project 1 Online

March 6th 2022

Advanced Healthcare Statistics

Program Evaluation

June 11th 2022

Fiscal Management in Healthcare

June 12th 2022

Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology

July 23rd 2022

Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology

July 24th 2022

Fiscal Management in Healthcare

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers doctoral preparation to advanced practice registered nurses whose career emphasis is on furthering their role as scholars and leaders.

This post-master’s program is available to:

  • the clinical nurse specialist (CNS)
  • certified nurse practitioner (CNP)
  • certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and certified nurse midwife

This hybrid program is a blend of intensive face to face and online learning modalities. Students can complete the program in two years of full-time study or choose a part-time option.

The program is offered in a hybrid format. This means that there is a blend of intensive face to face, distance and/or asynchronous learning modalities that are determined based on the course/content/semester. The student can complete the program in two years of full time (two courses per semester) study.  Part time options are also available.

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 unlike other DNP programs, 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 Univeristy 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 Professions/ Director, School of Nursing
Marlene Huff

Program Coordinator
Linda Shanks

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