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Purdue University Global | MSN to DNP

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Nursing DNP path program is designed for students to earn their master's while preparing them to earn their Doctor in Nursing Practice degree. Learn more about this program by reading further.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing - DNP Path

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's degree

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants the MSN to DNP program should have proof of a bachelor's degree with an upper-level major in nursing. Students will also have to submit proof of having worked a minimum of 1000 clinical hours as a registered nurse. Finally students should complete a statistics course and a nursing research course before enrolling in Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's MSN to DNP program allows students to lay the groundwork during their master's degree to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This advanced degree allows students to choose three different concentrations for study--executive leader, family nurse practitioner, primary care, or adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. A practicum or clinical experience is included in this program, although the details depend upon the pathway that is chosen. Courses cover health policy, evidence-based decision making, ethics, health promotion and more. In addition to courses studied, an evidence-based project proposal is also included.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 or 90 credits, depending on the pathway chosen

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the MSN to DNP Program

Students of this program are required to complete six courses (30 credits) as part of their core requirements and an additional 30-60 credits of concentration or open elective courses. Please contact Purdue Global University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program, as degree program and course requirements are subject to change.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice
  • Epidemiology and Health Promotion
  • Health Policy, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
  • Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Health Care Delivery

Open Elective or Concentration Requirements (30-60 credits)

  • 30-60 credits of population focus area or concentration courses


  • 30-60 credits of open elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students in this program intend to move onto the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, as this program sets the path for doctoral study. The hours earned for clinical or practicum work at this master's degree level also apply towards doctorate study.

Doctorate degree options include:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Career Paths:

Students who graduate with their Master in Science Nursing degree on the DNP path may find work opportunities in hospitals, doctor's offices and specialized care centers. Earning a more advanced degree may open additional advancement opportunities with the knowledge of skills and theory learned at the master's level.

Graduates may be eligible for positions within:

  • Administration
  • Advance practice nursing
  • Education staff development

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