MSN to DNP Program


Students who enter the MSN to DNP program will complete 72 credits. A maximum of 30 credit hours of relevant graduate credit may be awarded for past master's-level courses, and students will complete the minimum of 42 additional credits. Essential courses building on previous master's education must be completed in the first year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. These courses prepare the student to develop and implement the practice inquiry project in the final two semesters of study. Individualized plans of study are created based on the content from the student's master's degree academic program and include a minimum of 19 credits.

Preceptored/Mentored Clinical Hours

All DNP students must complete 1,000 precepted/mentored clinical hours. MSN to DNP students may include documented precepted/mentored clinical hours obtained during previous master's education. The number of hours granted from the master's degree is based on an individual evaluation of master's clinical hours. Students also must complete two practice inquiry project (PIP) courses over two semesters resulting in a scholarly product approved by their PIP committees. Students must take additional electives to meet the 72 credits required to complete the program.

Student Requirements

All nursing students must maintain a current nursing license. Nursing students must meet certain mandatory requirements, including a certified criminal background check, immunizations, and other program-specific requirements. Specific information will be provided once the offer of admission to the nursing program has been accepted.


For questions about the program and admissions process, contact 703-993-1961.

Professional Licensure Disclosure
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