Online MSN to DNP Programs

There are a few MSN to DNP degree programs offered completely online. Learn about some of the differences between these programs and a traditional MSN to DNP program format and get information on common admission requirements.

View popular schools

It is fairly common for Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) degree programs to offer online courses, but there are some of these programs that are available completely online. Here we discuss some of the differences and similarities between online and traditional, on-campus MSN to DNP programs.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Comparing Online vs. Traditional MSN to DNP Programs

Online MSN to DNP

MSN to DNP degree programs that are available completely online typically offer the same kind of coursework as on-campus programs, but they do not require campus visits or intensives and allow students to complete their clinicals (hands-on experience) locally. These programs also offer greater scheduling flexibility with coursework. Class materials can be accessed at any time, though assignments and discussion sessions might have set dates for completion to keep students on track. As a result, another big difference between online and on-campus programs is the ability to work at your own pace and finish a DNP in as little as 20 months or a DNP-Nurse Practitioner (NP) program with additional training in a specialty area in as little as 36 months.

Students in these online programs usually complete capstone courses that require research-based projects and/or practicums as well as coursework in topics like ethics, statistics, research and leadership related to health care. Graduates of these programs are equipped for a variety of nursing careers in their chosen concentration, such as a family nurse practitioner, nursing professor, nursing director, pediatric nurse practitioner or nursing administrator.

Traditional MSN to DNP

As mentioned, traditional, on-campus MSN to DNP programs might offer at least some online courses in addition to on-campus classes and intensives. These programs can be completed in around 27 months and may offer additional majors, such as nurse-midwife, clinical nurse specialist or health systems executive leadership. Students in these programs take courses in many of the same topics as online programs, like health care policy and finance, ethics, leadership and clinical research, and complete a culminating research-based DNP project. Graduates of traditional MSN to DNP programs can work in pretty much the same sort of positions as graduates of online programs, including as nurse practitioners, directors, clinical leaders and chief nursing officers.

Common Entrance Requirements

Online MSN to DNP degree programs usually do not require applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores, while some on-campus programs do. Both the online and traditional formats require applicants to have an MSN and to submit their official transcripts, RN license verification and proof of work experience or clinical hours. Many traditional programs and some online programs may require students to also submit letters of reference, a personal essay and a resume/CV. Students might have to undergo an interview process as well. Some online MSN to DNP programs guarantee that students will not have to stay on a waiting list after being accepted.

Online and traditional MSN to DNP degree programs are fairly similar, but online programs tend to provide students with greater scheduling flexibility and allow them to complete their program faster. Online programs still require students to gain hands-on learning experience through clinicals and practicums.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • BA: Criminal Justice
    • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    • BA: Liberal Studies
    • BA: Psychology
    • BA: Psychology - General
    • BS: Computer Science
    • AA: Criminal Justice
    • AA: Liberal Arts
    • AA: Business Administration
    • AA: Information Technology
    • AA: Cybersecurity

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology
    • MBA
    • Master of Public Health
    • MBA - Human Resources
    • MBA - Health Care Management
    • BS in Liberal Studies
    • BS in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Investment Career Focus Area
    • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    • BS in Nutrition Science
    • BSFIN in Accelerated MS Finance
    • AAS in Business Administration - Business
    • AAS in Legal Support and Services
    • AAS in Business Administration
    • AAS in Business Administration - Food & Hotel Management
    • AAS in Business Admin-Office Management
    • AAS in Criminal Justice
    • Medical Office Administration Certificate
    • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
    • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
    • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
    • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Arts - Communication and Media Studies
    • Master of Education - Early Childhood Education
    • Master of Education - Middle Grades
    • Master of Science - Entrepreneurship
    • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Communication Management
    • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Human Resource Management
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Marketing
    • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
    • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies - Early Childhood Education
    • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
    • Education Specialist - Middle Grade Education
    • Education Specialist - Special Education
    • Post Graduate Certificate - Communication Management
    • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
    • Post Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization
    • Master of Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - Hospitality and Casino Management Concentration
    • Master of Business Administration - International Business Concentration

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Doctor of Business Administration - Management
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
    • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
    • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
    • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
    • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
    • BS in Psychology
    • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • BS in Early Childhood
    • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • MA in Communication
    • Master of Liberal Arts
    • MA in Science Writing
    • MS in Applied Economics
    • MS in Geographic Information Systems
    • MS in Bioinformatics

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?