Doctor of Nursing Practice - BSN to DNP

Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2023!

Start Class 08/22/23. 

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Program Overview

Offered by the College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI, the 100% Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - BSN to DNP program is committed to quality nursing education and responsiveness to regional and national healthcare needs. This practice-focused doctorate will prepare you for multiple roles to make contributions to healthcare and nursing through scholarly practice, healthcare leadership, and nursing education.

The curriculum consists of a four-year (full-time) or five-year (part-time) plan of study for doctoral level coursework and includes the completion of an evidence-based DNP project. 

The program includes online synchronous orientations. Clinical hours will be completed during the final year of the program.

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Tuition & Fees

We offer admission into the program once a year and work with our students to provide a plan of study that allows for timely graduation and achievement of their goals. 

The online graduate nursing programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in graduate nursing coursework. The exception to this is active military status.  

General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

Are you an out-of-state student interested in pursuing an online degree at USI or determining if the graduate nursing programs meet individual state requirements for employment?  Check your eligibility.

Student and Program Outcomes

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791, 202-887-6791 ( 

Choose a Concentration

Course content for all concentrations builds upon the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the BSN to DNP curriculum includes a minimum of 78 credit hours.

Current Student Handbooks

BSN to DNP Handbook

 CNHP Handbook

Admission Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a regionally-accredited college or university earned prior to applying to the BSN to DNP program.
  • ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE a minimum cumulative baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.  GPAs are reviewed based upon the total BSN GPA.  This includes transfer courses in RN Completion programs.
  • Satisfactory completion of a course in undergraduate statistics (grade C or better) at the time of application.
  • An unencumbered US RN license in all states of practice.
  • Complete application file.
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.
Application Procedures

The graduate nursing online programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in graduate nursing coursework.  The exception to this is active military status. Click here to see your availability.

  1. Submit an online application, a $40 application fee, and three references with contact information.
  2. Upload a current professional resume or curriculum vitae to your application account. 
  3. Submit official transcripts to Graduate Studies.
  4. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.

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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, educational, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
  • Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based upon scientific findings in nursing science, clinical sciences, and organizational, political, and economic sciences.
  • Use analytic methods to appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.
  • Serve as a leader in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and international health policy.
  • Advocate for the patients and the nursing profession within government, business, education, and healthcare communities.
  • Collaborate with interprofessional teams to analyze complex practice and organizational issues in leading change to improve patient, population, and system health outcomes.
  • Analyze epidemiological, bio-statistical, environmental, and other scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.
  • Integrate advanced level of judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, teaching, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient and healthcare outcomes.

Program Calendar 

Course Start
Fall 2023
Fall 2024

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