Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Your role as a nurse is changing. So make change your business.

The overhaul of our nation’s healthcare system has fundamentally transformed your role as an advanced practice nurse. You’re asked to do more, lead more, improve more, and save more than ever before. The challenges are far reaching — but so are the opportunities.

This is your chance to rise as a change agent and industry leader. You just need the advanced credentials and expertise to take your place at the top. And that’s exactly what an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Misericordia University can help you do.

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Progressive online learning environment

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Tuition discounts for select healthcare partners

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Small classes for personalized instruction

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Coursework based on AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

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Seamless progression to your next degree

Choose your online DNP track — and consider a specialization.

We’ve structured our advanced nursing programs to allow for seamless progression from undergraduate to graduate to doctoral-level studies.


BSN-prepared nurses: Choose this track, and you can earn both the MSN and DNP degrees in one streamlined program.


MSN-prepared, nationally board-certified advanced-practice nurses: Select this path, and earn your DNP online in as few as two years.

Nursing Education Specialization (MSN to DNP Only)

This is your opportunity to help address the nationwide shortage of qualified nursing faculty. Develop the clinical teaching skills to shape the next generation of nurse practitioners.

Why earn your DNP online from Misericordia?

Today’s healthcare employers have a growing need for advanced-practice nurses with the doctorate-level skills to lead the shift toward patient-centered, value-based care. That’s why we designed progressive, student-focused DNP programs you can complete in a convenient online environment.

Our DNP degrees combine academic theory and scientific inquiry with real-world, evidence-based practice. Coursework is grounded in the AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. And, our faculty are active, front-line clinicians who will challenge you to tackle complex healthcare issues and meet organizational change.

You’ll complete discussion posts, individual assignments, group projects, and workshops on everything from healthcare disparities and chronic illness to preventive measures and social determinants of health.

Graduate with your DNP from Misericordia, and you’ll be prepared to:

  • Combine forward-thinking leadership skills with clinical expertise
  • Create healthcare delivery models that improve patient outcomes
  • Drive changes in evidence-based practice and organizational behavior
  • Manage organizational systems and quality improvement
  • Navigate and respond to ethical dilemmas and evolving healthcare policies
  • Leverage informatics, technology, and data analysis to inform decision-making
  • Improve patient-centered care for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations
  • Collaborate with and lead teams of inter-professional colleagues

Choose Misericordia, and you can earn more than a notable academic credential. You can gain the skills and confidence to serve as a transformational leader in today’s global health systems.

Admission Requirements


To qualify for admission into our online DNP program, you must have:

  • A BSN from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Unencumbered registered nurse license


To qualify for admission into our online DNP program, you must have:

  • An MSN from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00**
  • Unencumbered registered nurse license and APRN certification*

*APRN credentials in one of four: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
**Master’s in Nursing must be as a nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, or certified nurse midwife.

You must also provide the following:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work, including graduate and undergraduate
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • Statement of personal and professional goals
  • Evidence of National Board Certification in an APRN specialty (MSN to DNP only)
CCNE Accredited

The Master’s in Nursing at Misericordia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202‑887‑6791.


Misericordia University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ranked among “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region”