MSN (Advanced Practice Nursing) to DNP
Online Doctoral Degree

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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 Family Nurse Practitioners in the BSN-DNP program. Advanced Practice Nurses who are educated at the MSN level may enter the MSN-DNP program.

An emphasis in nursing education will be an elective option for those who may want to teach in a School of Nursing or serve as a Nurse Educator in a healthcare 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 and earn a DNP.



  • Total per credit hour


  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $17,632*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2023-2024 academic year tuition rates and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2023-2024 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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

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.

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.

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to Pittsburg State University's Graduate School. (In section that asks "What will your status be as you enter PSU?" - Select "Doctor of Nursing Practice" only.)
  2. Complete MSN to DNP Application Packet.


About School of Nursing

Welcome to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing! The Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN with Educational or Organizational Leadership Emphasis, MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

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