Nursing: Post-MSN DNP

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USF’s practice-oriented doctorate will prepare you to lead and serve in a critically-important area of today’s health care system: Population Health. As such, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Enhance clinical outcomes
  • Promote public health
  • Manage a variety of healthcare programs

Efficient and Convenient

If you already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree, you can complete the part-time program in 24 months! The structure of our low-residency program allows you to maintain your current nursing position, while preparing for an advanced position.

Low-residency Requirements

Post-MSN DNP students complete campus coursework during 2-3-day residencies (Weeks 3 and 12 in the fall and spring semesters, and Week 7 in the summer term).

How it Works

The 13-course curriculum will enable you to strengthen the delivery of healthcare across the population by focusing on individuals, groups, or communities. All courses include a Practice Experience that reflects the course theme and meets professional accrediting standards.

Female USF student practicing on another student in the classroom.

DNP Practice Experience Hours

Students complete a minimum of 500 hours. Topics include:

  • Public Health
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Hospital Administration
  • Telehealth, and more

Now is the Time!

As the American population ages, its healthcare system is becoming increasingly stressed. Nurses are needed to step into leadership positions and serve as full partners with physicians and other health professionals.

Now is the time to develop specialized knowledge that can advance and serve our healthcare delivery system.

Nurses with DNP degrees serve as hospital executives, business owners, and consultants. The DNP allows nurses to lead care.


The Post-MSN DNP program at USF is under accreditation review by by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Program Director

Wendy Clark, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
260-399-7700 ext. 8534