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U.S. News & World Report ranked Pitt Nursing’s DNP Program Eighth nationwide as part of its 2021 Best Nursing Grad Schools report.

The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. Throughout the program, you will develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery, that will significantly impact health care outcomes and transform health care delivery. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.

Advanced practice nurses practicing in today’s healthcare environment require complex clinical skills and sophisticated knowledge of the evidence-base for practice. Graduates of the DNP will be able to affect the healthcare delivery system by evaluating the evidence base for nursing practice, becoming leaders in the clinical arenas, establishing standards and policies, and meeting the needs of today’s diverse healthcare systems.

The MSN to DNP is offered in the following majors/areas of concentration:


All applications to the School of Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. The MSN to DNP Program admits advanced practice nurses and nursing administration practitioners who have completed a graduate degree in nursing from an ACEN (NLN), ACICS, or CCNE accredited program in nursing. BSN graduates with a master’s in other areas may also be considered for admission.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Please visit the DNP Application/Admission page for a full list of application requirements, including deadlines and clearances.

Admission of International Students

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the DNP program admission criteria stated above, and program admission deadlines. The online application must be completed in English.  See the School of Nursing International Applicants page for specific admission requirements for international applicants.

Apply Now!

We welcome your application to the School of Nursing! You can begin your online application through the University’s Apply Yourself portal.

Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates and student fee information can be found at the Pitt Online Tuition and Fees page.


Please visit the DNP Areas of Concentration Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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