Advanced Practice Nursing, MSN to DNP

Graduate Program: Advanced Practice Nursing, MSN to DNP

Advanced Practice Nursing, MSN to DNP Graduate Program

In its landmark study, The Future of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine found that nurses needed to be able to take on more responsible positions. To do that, the number of nurses educated at the doctoral level (currently less than 1 percent) needs to double by the year 2020.

The prestigious Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University is helping the nation meet this goal through its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program; an advanced practice graduate nursing degree offering the highest level of preparation for nursing practice. The DNP program offers the major, Advanced Practice Nursing, with opportunity for specialization in the advanced practice role.  Students are trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the BSN-DNP program.  Advanced Practice Nurses who are educated at the MSN level may enter the MSN-DNP program. Thus, the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program offers two tracks:

  • BSN to DNP
  • MSN to DNP

An emphasis in nursing education will be an elective option for those who may one day want to teach in a School of Nursing or serve as a Nurse Educator in a health care facility.

Our MSN to DNP program is the perfect choice for advanced healthcare professionals with a career focus of leadership at the bedside and in the boardroom.  Reach the pinnacle of the nursing profession: earn a DNP.

Why Pitt State?

Pittsburg State University’s DNP program is designed to fit the hectic work and lifestyle of today’s healthcare professionals. Course work is available online, allowing students to work around their daily schedule.

At completion of the program, graduates will possess the terminal degree for nursing practice and will be prepared to function as expert clinicians, nurse leaders and/or clinical faculty.

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest.

Career Options

Program graduates are qualified for many advanced nursing roles including:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Medical Services
  • Director of Nursing
  • Hospitalist
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
  • Program Director
  • Many More

According to the U.S. Department of Labor the median annual wage for nurse practitioners in these roles is just over $100,000.

Internship and research opportunities

All DNP candidates will complete a scholarly project as part of their curriculum. Additional opportunities for research may be available.

Learn more about the School of Nursing

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing also offers an online RN-BSN program,  an online Master of Science in Nursing degree, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Learn more about our programs and faculty by visiting our School of Nursing page.


Students in the Advanced Practice Nursing, MSN to DNP program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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