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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2005) has voted to move the current level of educational preparation for advanced nursing practice from the master's level to the doctoral level. This means that all advanced practice clinical nursing masters programs will be eliminated by 2015 with the standard for advanced practice becoming the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The PhD in Nursing will remain the accepted degree for nurse researchers and faculty.

About the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Many of the DNP and PhD programs are offered online and offer the same course content that a campus based program would offer. There a number of benefits to pursuing a PhD in Nursing or DNP online. Online learning provides students with flexibility, students have the opportunity to continue with their nursing career while completing their education and students will find that the interaction with other students and faculty via the internet is much more enhanced as compared to campus interaction.

Research the online doctoral nursing programs below to find the program that fits your intended path. There are different types of bridge programs offered at each school including a BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP as well as a BSN to PhD and MSN to PhD programs.

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice and the PhD in Nursing are the pinnacle of nursing education, so expect there to be rigourous demands set forth by admissions departments. Admission requirements will vary by school.

Below you will find Nursing Schools offering online nursing PhD programs and Online DNP programs

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Online DNP Programs for Students Pursuing a Career in Advanced Nursing Practice

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing

180 University Ave., Ackerson Hall, Rm. 102A
Newark, NJ 07102

  • Click Here for More Information about the Rutgers DNP program.

University of South Alabama College of Nursing

160 North Catherine St. Mobile, AL 36604

The University of Arizona College of Nursing

1305 N. Martin, PO Box 210203 Tucson, AZ 85721-0203

University of Kentucky College of Nursing

Office of Student Services, 309 College of Nursing Bldg., Lexington, KY 40536-0232

University of Massachusetts - Amherst School of Nursing

100 Venture Way • Hadley, MA 01035-9430

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

College of Nursing , Office of Student Affairs, Suite 637, 877 Madison Avenue , Memphis, Tennessee 38163

Online Nursing PhD programs designed for students pursuing nurse researcher and faculty careers. Contact the school to receive information about their programs.

Capella University - College of Education

The NLNAC recognizes that this PhD specialization in Nursing Education aligns with the Core Competencies for Nurse Educators. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

Programs Offered Online: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education - Nursing Education

  • Click Here for information about the PhD in Nursing Education program.
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The programs are CCNE accredited.

Programs Offered: MS - (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner), MS/MBA, PhD (Online)

  • Click Here to request information about the UW Milwaukee programs.

The University of Arizona College of Nursing

1305 N. Martin, PO Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee College of Nursing

Cunningham Hall
1921 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201

University of Kansas School of Nursing

Student Affairs Office
Mail Stop 2029
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160

Duquesne University School of Nursing

5th Floor Fisher Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282-1760

Indiana University School of Nursing

1111 Middle Drive, NU 136
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5107

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing

180 University Ave., Ackerson Hall, Rm. 102A
Newark, NJ 07102

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing

Office of Student Affairs, Suite 637
877 Madison Avenue , Memphis, Tennessee 38163

University of Hawai'i at Manoa - School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene

2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall, Hon. HI 96822

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - College of Nursing

UAMS College of Nursing 4301 W. Markham Street, # 529 Little Rock, AR 72205

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