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The Ursuline College Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced-level, terminal degree for nurses who wish to become influential in nursing practice, administration, and education. The program develops innovative nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice to optimize health care delivery. As a graduate of the online DNP program, you will be prepared for roles in direct or indirect systems-focused care.

The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, in addition to providing excellent care to patients, is to optimize health care delivery through effective systems transformation, or planned change. As DNP degree holders plan and implement their practice with individuals and populations, they integrate the spiritual, biological, social, psychological and cultural factors that influence human responses to health and illness. 

How will a Doctorate in Nursing advance my career?

DNP degree holders will be prepared as clinical and researcher leaders to:

  • Implement the highest levels and quality of advanced nursing care
  • Provide leadership in health care organizations for the promotion of comprehensive, holistic patient care
  • Lead change within integrated health care systems
  • Make decisions based on the integration of a strong knowledge base, personal and professional values and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives
  • Utilize evidence-based practice, including the use of informatics, to meet the health promotion, maintenance, and restoration needs of individuals, families, groups, systems and communities
  • Implement policy-based approaches to health care that advance population health
  • Function in independent and interdependent roles as the colleagues of other health professionals in various health care settings

Students completing the Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership Track with Ursuline may use the required practicum hours when advancing to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Students who are wishing to continue with their course work to pursue the DNP may take two DNP courses in the MSN Leadership track. 

Ursuline College Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Program Webpage

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Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Curriculum Guide


Admission Requirements & Procedures

  • Students applying for admission to Ursuline’s Doctor of Nursing Practice online program must meet the general requirements for admission to all graduate programs and the specific requirements of the online DNP program.
  • Succinctly written statement of clearly defined career goals consistent with expectations for Doctor of Nursing Practice educational preparation. This document should identify the proposed area of interest for scholarly project (no more than two pages).
  • Application may be submitted online.
  • Non-refundable $25 application fee.
  • All official transcript(s) for a master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or CNEA accredited program and any additional undergraduate or graduate academic coursework. Transcripts are required whether credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcript(s) must be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admission directly by the issuing institution.
    • Ursuline College
      Office of Graduate Admission
      2550 Lander Rd.
      Pepper Pike, OH 44124
  • Evidence of ability to do graduate work as indicated by a minimum 3.0 GPA shown on the applicant’s transcript(s).
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous faculty members and/ or employers focusing on the applicant’s previous work and potential for successful completion of the online DNP program.
  • Personal interview with faculty after an initial screening and request from the DNP program admissions committee. The purpose of the interview is to assess educational interests and motivation for successful completion of doctoral study in the online DNP program.
  • DNP Program-Specific Admission Requirements:
    • Current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license.
    • Updated resume reflecting a minimum of one-year work experience as a registered nurse. Nursing experience must be within the past two years.
  • Students wishing to transfer into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must be in good academic standing at their current institutions. Acceptable transfer credits are determined by the College.
  • Applicants to this nursing doctorate program are encouraged to initiate formal application within one month of the semester in which you plan to enroll. Graduate nursing courses begin in the fall and spring semesters. Applicants who delay must register for courses within two years of acceptance into the online DNP program or the acceptance is voided.

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?  

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?

  • You are following the UP Curriculum Pathway from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.
    • For 2:2 degrees, you have been admitted to the partner institution and have registered for your first classes the upcoming semester, 3rd year of partner classes.  The first day of the 3rd year class, you are officially a UP student.
    • For 3:1 degrees, you are a UP student if you are registered for the 3rd year in either bridgework LCCC classes or UP partner classes. You may not be necessarily admitted with the UP partner just yet.  The first day of the 3rd year of UP or LCCC bridgework class, you are officially a UP student.
  • UP Office will use the email address your partner institution shares with us, which is once a semester, to email out a reminder to you about the UP program supports and services.
  • If you are unsure if you are in the UP, you are welcome to email or call the UP Office to verify your status.

How do I show proof I am a UP student to receive benefits and supports offered at LCCC

  • Go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCCC Bass Library  (440) 366-4026.
  • Show your class registration for UP classes with the partner institution or LCCC bridgework classes.
  • Bass Library staff will place a color coded sticker on the back of your LCCC or partner institution ID card.  If you have no LCCC or UP ID card, a UP ID card will be issued to you.
  • You will need to get a new sticker (date specific) each semester that you are registered for UP partner classes.
  • An ID card is not required but would be needed if you are seeking benefits and supports at LCCC while in the partnership.
  • Supports and services are for Elyria Campus and the Learning Centers (Community Learning  Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center, LCCC Wellington Center, and University Partnership Ridge Campus).


For More Information

Melanie Steele, MBA
Director of Graduate Admission
Schedule an appointment with Melanie. 

Ursuline College Graduate Tuition & Fees Webpage and Graduate Financial Aid Webpage

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