Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Why Choose the Doctor of Nursing Practice?

Pursue your post-Master's D.N.P. in a program focused on evidence-based advanced nursing practice. You will prepare to provide direct or indirect care nursing services with particular attention to three pillars: informatics, population health, and interprofessional education and collaboration.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) at Wright State University is designed to prepare advanced practice providers to function at the highest clinical preparation for nursing practice. Graduates of our program will achieve a terminal degree in nursing based on the translation and implementation of evidence, quality improvement, leadership, informatics, policy, business, and finance. Our doctoral-prepared nurses will be prepared to meet the ever-changing health care needs of the 21st century while contributing to improved population health and health systems outcomes. 

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) program offers students flexibility to complete the program in a way that fits in their schedule. Coursework is delivered primarily online. In addition, the program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Academics and Curriculum

View the Doctor of Nursing Practice program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.  


Due Dates/Program Start

  • August 25 for Fall Semester start

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, applicants must meet the following criteria. Admitted students must maintain the listed conditions of satisfactory progress while enrolled in the program.

Requirements for Admission to Wright State University Graduate School

  • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be conditionally admitted. Students who do not meet the required 3.0 GPA and/or pre-requisite course completion requirements may be admitted as conditional following university guidelines spelled out in University Policy 5010.2 Conditional Degree Status

Requirements for Admission to Nursing Program

  • M.S. in Nursing from an accredited college/university
  • Current unencumbered Registered Nurse Licensure in the state where practicum occurs
  • Clean FBI/BCI background check
  • Graduate level Biostatistics for Healthcare within 5 years preceding admission.

Conditions of Satisfactory Progress while in the Nursing program

  • Signed program of study
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current unencumbered Registered Nurse Licensure in the state where practicum occurs
  • Current CPR
  • Current immunization record
  • Clean drug screen, if requested

Admission Process

Application to Wright State University’s School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences is a multi-step process.


Apply to the Wright State University Graduate School

Required Documents:

The documents listed below should be uploaded directly to your Graduate School online application. Please do not send these materials to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences.

  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Provide name and email address of three references for letters of recommendation
    • Current or most recent supervisor
    • Faculty member from your nursing program, or previous employer

When the Graduate School application is complete, notification will automatically be sent to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences, which will communicate application requirements.


Apply to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences

Required Documents:

The school will provide instructions on how to complete the above steps once it receives notification of the completed Graduate School application. All School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences-required documents should be sent directly to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences.


Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Program Outcomes

The D.N.P. graduate will:

  1. Integrate science-based theories and data-based concepts for scholarly inquiry to develop, critically appraise, and implement systems approaches that improve population health and health care systems.
  2. Demonstrate systems-level leadership of the interprofessional team for quality and safety among populations in healthcare systems using current data sets.
  3. Employ information systems/technology, clinical scholarship, and analytical methods as a basis for evidence-based practice to transform dynamic and complex healthcare systems.
  4. Implement systems-level strategies among interprofessional teams within/across systems to impact prevention and population health.
  5. Use advanced nursing practice to optimize health and improve the care of individuals, families, and populations in healthcare systems.
  6. Develop, evaluate, advocate, and provide systems leadership in healthcare policy that transforms healthcare economics, regulation, access, and delivery.

Contact Information

DNP Program Contact

Tonya Schmitt, DNP, CPNP-PC, APRN
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program
Director of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Program
Phone: 937-775-3851
Fax: 937-775-4571

General Contact Information

School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences
Location: 225 Millett Hall
Phone: 937-775-3132
Fax: 937-775-4571

Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:

The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
Location: 160 University Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453

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