DNP Nurse Practitioner Major

Nurse Practitioners (NPs), a category of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), play an important role within the U.S. health care system. They blend clinical expertise with disease prevention and health management to offer a more comprehensive perspective to health care. In addition, they use their counseling and teaching skills to guide patients to make smarter lifestyle choices, which can lower out-of-pocket costs and reduce hospitalizations. Nurse practitioners often serve as primary care providers in clinics, hospitals, home health care services, and outpatient care centers – many in traditionally underserved communities and regions. NPs are trained to autonomously diagnose and treat conditions, prescribe medications and conduct diagnostic tests, design treatment plans with patients, and teach patients about managing illnesses and medications. State laws will impact certification requirements and scope of practice: updated information can be found here. The U.S. government estimates that employment of nurse practitioners will grow by 35% by 2024. 

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties strongly recommends obtaining a DNP as a pathway for preparation and entry into the nurse practitioner role. At Pitt Nursing, we offer a variety of concentrations in the NP major to tailor your classroom and clinical education to meet the particular health care needs of specific populations:

Nurse Practitioner BSN to DNP on-site

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner BSN to DNP  Distance Education format (for qualified on-site students as per Policy 438)

Nurse Practitioner MSN to DNP on-site and online (Beginning Fall 2017, out-of-state tuition rates for online cohorts will match the in-state rate, the online option is only available to applicants with a master’s degree in same focus)

Graduates of the NP major are eligible to sit for discipline-specific national certification exams. The particular course of study, credit and clinical requirements, and certifications are outlined on each of the concentrations’ Web pages. Each concentration calls for the successful completion of a comprehensive examination (BSN to DNP) and a culminating DNP project (BSN and MSN to DNP), which will address a quality improvement issue. 

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Accreditation Statement:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
from 02/24/2014 through 12/31/2024