Degrees and Certificates

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Why Choose the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree?

We offer, in a consortium with the University of Toledo College of Nursing, a joint, online, post-graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program. If you complete this program, you will be prepared to lead in the transformation of the healthcare system. By translating findings into practice and tracking outcomes at the individual, systems, and population levels, you will ensure quality and safety and these same skills will also position you to lead policy efforts in the broader healthcare arena. You are the health care leaders of tomorrow.

We currently offer a full-time or part-time individualized program to meet your needs The 36-credit-hour curriculum includes eleven courses focusing on nursing knowledge and practice. In accordance with A.A.C.N. recommendations of 1,000 clinical hours, you will complete at least 520 hours of supervised practicums in clinical practice or leadership and you are required to document your previous graduate level clinical hours. Individualized programs of study will be developed to assure compliance with the 1000-hour minimum requirement.

Course assignments emphasize skill development and the operational use of knowledge in complex practice settings, including:

  • Population-based intervention (assessing target populations, writing proposals)
  • Marketing and entrepreneurship (marketing strategies, financial analysis, resource development)
  • Systems and organizations (organizational assessment, healthcare financing and management)
  • Quality management and performance improvement (performance benchmarks and tools)
  • Evidence-based practice (appraising evidence, intervention design, evaluation of outcomes, dissemination through written, verbal and online presentations)
  • Information management and technology (databases, patient care technology, workflow analysis)
  • Health policy


You can pick one of two concentrations:

  • Direct care advanced practice nurses (A.P.R.N.s, C.N.M., and C.R.N.A.) or
  • Indirect care/leadership (administrators, clinical nurse leaders, educators, or public hHealth).



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Academics and Curriculum

View the Doctor of Nursing Practice program information and degree requirements in the university catalog.

Online classes will be a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities and will vary depending on the structure of the course. Synchronous online classes will generally be scheduled for evening hours.  There will be a mandatory on-campus orientation day prior to the first class in the sequence. This orientation day will occur in the summer prior to the first day of classes.

Sample Plan of Study

Term I—Fall Semester

  • NUR 8001 Scientific Basis of Nursing Practice—3 credit hours
  • NUR 8008 IT in Nursing and Health Care—3 credit hours

Term II—Spring Semester

  • NUR 8003 Applied Nursing Research—3 credit hours
  • NUR 8002 Population Health—3 credit hours

Term III—Fall Semester

  • NUR 8004 Organization and Systems Leadership in Health Care—3 credit hours (40 hours clinical)
  • NUR 8005 Project Seminar—3 credit hours

Term IV—Spring Semester

  • NUR 8006 Marketing and Entrepreneurial Activity in Complex Healthcare—3 credit hours
  • NUR 8007 Quality Mgt and Performance Improvement in Healthcare Organizations—3 credit hours (40 hours clinical)

Term V - Fall Semester

  • NUR 8101 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in Direct Care—3 credit hours (80 hours clinical) OR
  • NUR 8201 Evidence-Based Leadership in Complex Health Systems—3 credit hours (80 hours clinical)

Term VI - Spring Semester

  • NUR 8099 Doctoral Project—3 credit hours
  • NUR 8102 Final Practicum: Patient Care—6 credit hours (360 hours clinical) OR
    NUR 8202 Final Practicum: Leadership—6 credit hours (360 hours clinical)

NUR 8099) and NUR 8102 or 8202 can be taken as variable credits with approval from project chair.

Total program credits: 36 semester credit hours


We are sorry to inform you that the consortium between Wright State University and the University of Toledo, the first D.N.P. program in the state, will be closing, and has suspended admissions. This has been a wonderful partnership, but both institutions are moving to individual programs. We is currently developing a new M.S.-D.N..P program. The effective date of closure, pending Ohio Department of Higher Education approval, is August 2019.

The faculty at Wright State University are hard at work on a new, innovative, cutting-edge curriculum for our D.N.P. program. We anticipate admitted students in Fall Semester of 2019 if there are no delays in the process. Students that are admitted to the new program must be matriculating for one year before we can invite C.C.N.E. for an accreditation visit. We believe that visit will occur early 2021.


To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Have a Master of Science or Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your graduate work


Be a registered nurse with an unencumbered license


Complete a graduate-level advanced statistics course with a grade of B or better within five (5) years of enrolling in the applied nursing research course offered during the second term of the program.


Apply to the Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation. Do not use the recommendation form on the Graduate School page. One letter must be from a faculty member in the major area of concentration from master's program.
  • Five-page statement of goals related to personal intentions for D.N.P. education, including a topic of interest for completing the evidence-based practice project. The goals statement is to be submitted in a document separate from the application form. The short goals statement on the application form will not suffice.
  • Copy of your resume / CV

Submit the following to the program director:

  • Copy of appropriate A.P.R.N. credentials for the state where you plan to conduct clinical experiences (eg: COA or national certification)
  • Documentation of graduate level supervised clinical hours
  • Verification of Prior Academic Clinical Hours (PDF) from Master's degree-granting institution. Students who have fewer than 480 documented academically supervised clinical hours will be required to supplement their program of study with additional clinical hours. An individualized program of study will be organized to allow for a total of 1000 graduate level clinical hours (Master's plus DNP) at the time of graduation. These clinical hours will require registration for additional semester hours beyond the basic program of study.

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is to your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Applications are due April 1. They will be reviewed and interviews scheduled in April with decisions made in early May.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Program Director.

Program Outcomes


Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Wright State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Contact Information

Deb Poling Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Phone: (937) 775-3808
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Stacey Callahan, B.A.
Title: Program Coordinator

Phone: (937) 775-3954
Fax: (937) 775-4571

College of Nursing and Health
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571

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