Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This practice-focused doctoral program prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. Throughout the program students develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact health care outcomes and have the potential to transform health care. Graduates with this terminal practice degree are prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.

In today’s health care environment, advanced practice nurses 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 being superb clinicians, 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.

The DNP Program admits a FALL TERM COHORT only. Application deadlines are February 15 and May 1. Complete applications received by February 15 will be reviewed and admission-decision notification sent by June 1. Admission decisions for complete applications received by May 1 will be communicated by June 30. International applicants are advised to apply by February 15 to allow sufficient time for obtaining relevant documents.  Admission decisions will be communicated by e-mail and mail.

Online students only for the Post-Master's DNP

At this time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing IS AUTHORIZED to enroll online students from most U.S. states. Pursuant to state laws and regulations, however, we are currently unable to admit online students from selected states. If your state is listed as one in which we cannot enroll students, please contact Pitt Online (412-648-9499) to determine if the status has changed.

Program Brochure

View the DNP program brochure (PDF).

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