Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Choose Your BSN to DNP Concentration

Our BSN to DNP program offers several concentrations to help you focus your leadership perspective. Concentrate your knowledge and skill in your area of interest:

Why Choose Maryville?

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools List for the 6th consecutive year. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered 100% online. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:

WHY IS THE CAREER OUTLOOK SO STRONG FOR DNPs?

Career opportunities for DNP graduates Maryville’s graduates are prepared to lead at the highest clinical levels. By earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice through our BSN to DNP program, you have incredible and rewarding career opportunities ahead of you. According to a salary survey conducted by the journal Advance for NPs & PAs, DNP-prepared NPs earned $8,576 more than master’s-prepared NPs. Depending on your area of greatest interest, you may choose to:

  • Become a nurse educator at a school of nursing or within the hospital setting.
  • Start your own private practice to support the health needs of your community.
  • Pursue an executive-level position in hospital administration.
  • Legislate for health care policy changes on the local, state, or national level.
  • Advocate for patient rights in the delivery of safe, quality care.
  • Conduct clinical research that can improve processes and procedures.

10 Reasons why DNP-Prepared Nurses are in Demand

  • 1The Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other leading authorities have called for rethinking clinical doctorate programs to prepare tomorrow’s expert practitioners.
  • 2Today, 23 states permit those with a doctor of nursing practice degree to open their own clinics and become their own boss.
  • 3The shortage of primary care physicians is anticipated to reach a minimum of 100,000 by 2025, with a greater scarcity in rural and inner-city communities.
  • 4Nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions. The following all require or offer practice doctorates: Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Pharmacy (PharmD), Psychology (PsyD), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Audiology (AudD).
  • 5The shortage of nurse educators means that U.S. nursing schools have recently turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants due to insufficient faculty and other compounding factors.
  • 6The DNP-prepared nurse is fully equipped to implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNS, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.
  • 7The ongoing updates to health care legislation are inviting millions of new patients into the system.
  • 8The daily influx of new technologies is constantly transforming the health care system, requiring nursing leaders to continually refresh and advance their knowledge.
  • 9The aging patient population contributes to the complexity of care and the demand for leadership.
  • 10The emergence of nurse-run clinics will continue to be integral in meeting the need for improved access to local community health care.

Curriculum

The BSN to DNP program curriculum is carefully designed with three entry points per year in spring, summer, and fall. This blended program includes master’s and doctoral-level courses, all of which can be completed 100% online. You can choose from four distinct concentrations.