Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Are you ready to take the next step in your nursing career?

Maryville University’s accelerated online BSN to DNP programs are for experienced nurses who want to prepare to advance their careers by earning the highest credential in nursing practice education. Now you can earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice in as few as 40 months with a streamlined curriculum that is deeply focused on the scientific underpinnings of nursing, healthcare policy, and organizational management. With five specializations to choose from, you can graduate with a holistic view of nursing leadership that can help you make a difference wherever your interests lie.

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Access coursework 100% online with no campus visits required

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Apply with no GMAT, GRE, or statistics required.

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Earn your DNP in as few as 40 months

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Choose from 5 concentrations

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Complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting

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Enjoy no waiting list once you’re accepted

Deans, faculty, and other members of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing discuss what makes Maryville’s nursing programs distinctive and provide advice for prospective online nursing students.

Why choose our online BSN to DNP program?

You can learn to lead in healthcare.

You’ve heard about the shortage of doctors and nurses. You may have noticed a push to bring new talent to the profession. But perhaps most urgent of all is the need for capable and qualified leaders. That’s why our online BSN to DNP programs are focused on empowering experienced nurses like you to rise to leadership roles at the highest levels in healthcare.

Fast-track your future to the forefront of healthcare.

You’ve already proved your initiative by earning your BSN degree. Our accelerated BSN to DNP online programs are more than just the next step. They’re a giant leap forward — not only for your future but also for the future of healthcare. Skip the MSN and fast-track your education to the highest credential in nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Maryville University.

Our DNP graduates:

  • Apply evidence-based research to improve the quality of patient care at the bedside and beyond.
  • Advocate for patient safety at all points of contact, from admission through discharge.
  • Lead projects that help to define the future of nursing within your organization.
  • Prepare for an executive or policy-setting role as a high-level decision-maker.
  • Educate other nursing professionals who are also ready to move ahead with their careers.

Choose your BSN to DNP concentration

Our BSN to DNP online degree offers five concentrations to help you focus your leadership perspective. Concentrate your knowledge and skills in your area of interest:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners specialize in providing holistic care for adult patients in specialized units, such as ICU, ER, step-down, med-surg, and similar areas. Working in this fast-paced environment demands the skills to perform a variety of life-saving procedures, as well as treatments that directly impact an individual’s quality of life.

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners provide first-rate care for individuals as they progress through adult life. These professionals are key because today’s aging population requires nurses who are highly knowledgeable and in tune with their unique healthcare needs.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family nurse practitioners work in primary care settings and manage the health needs for patients of all ages. These professionals possess knowledge and skills beyond treatment to provide disease prevention, counseling, and health and wellness education from birth to end of life.

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Pediatric (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners care for children from birth to young adulthood. Today’s nurse practitioners deliver highly skilled care and provide access to the knowledge that can help families make healthy choices.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) provide holistic mental healthcare for patients of all ages, from childhood through the end of life. They have the skills and knowledge to counsel and educate patients, diagnose conditions, and interpret and evaluate test results.

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What can you do with your BSN-DNP?

Our online BSN to DNP is a leadership-focused degree designed for nurses interested in working in direct patient care or leading teams in clinical, nonclinical, educational, and administrative roles. Graduates of our DNP programs are prepared to lead, succeed, and make a meaningful impact at the top levels of healthcare. They also enjoy increased earning potential.

  • According to salary figures from, DNP-prepared NPs can earn $8,000 more per year than master’s-prepared NPs.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects job openings for nurse practitioners to increase by 52% between 2020 and 2030. The DNP is likely to become the preferred preparation for advanced nursing practice.
  • The median annual pay for nurse practitioners was $111,680 in 2020, according to the BLS.
  • Psychiatric NP, general NP, and gerontological NP are ranked among the 15 highest-paying nursing careers, according to Nurseslabs.
  • Strong growth is projected for adult-gerontology nurse practitioners as baby boomers age, according to the BLS.

The need for nurse practitioners is expected to increase steadily because the nation is expected to fall short between 54,000 and 139,000 primary and specialty care physicians by 2033, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Career opportunities for DNP graduates

Maryville’s graduates are prepared to lead at the highest clinical levels. By earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice through our online BSN to DNP programs, you can prepare for exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Depending on your area of interest, you may choose to:

Become a nurse educator at a school of nursing or within the hospital setting.

Start your own private practice to support the health needs of your community.

Pursue an executive-level position in hospital administration.

Promote healthcare policy changes on the on the local, state, or national level.

Advocate for patient rights in the delivery of safe, quality care.

Conduct clinical research that can improve processes and procedures.

What is the typical salary for graduates of online BSN to DNP programs?

Online BSN-DNP degree programs can equip you for careers with salaries such as:

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP)


Family nurse practitioner (FNP)


Pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)


Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)


Chief nursing officer (CNO)


Source:, September 2021

10 reasons why DNP-prepared nurses are in demand

  1. The Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other leading authorities have called for rethinking clinical doctoral programs to prepare tomorrow’s expert practitioners.
  2. Today, about two dozen states grant full practice authority to NPs, enabling these professionals to open their own clinics and become their own bosses.
  3. The shortage of physicians, including primary care and specialty care providers, is expected to reach as high as 139,000 by 2033.
  4. Nursing is moving in the same direction as other health professions that require or offer practice doctorates: medicine (MD), dentistry (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD), psychology (PsyD), physical therapy (DPT), and audiology (AudD).
  5. The shortage of nurse educators means that U.S. nursing schools have recently turned away more than 80,000 qualified applicants due to insufficient faculty and other compounding factors.
  1. The DNP-prepared nurse is fully equipped to implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNS, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.
  2. The ongoing updates to healthcare legislation are inviting millions of new patients into the system.
  3. A daily influx of new technologies is constantly transforming the healthcare system, requiring nursing leaders to continually refresh and advance their knowledge.
  4. The aging patient population contributes to the complexity of care and the demand for leadership.
  5. The emergence of nurse-run clinics will continue to be integral in meeting the need for improved access to local community healthcare.

Benefits of the BSN to DNP programs online

Maryville University is a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools list. When you choose us for your online BSN to DNP degree, you receive a flexible and highly regarded education with the convenience of completing your studies 100% online. Here are a few more reasons why Maryville offers you your best path:

  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Save time and money — skip the MSN and go straight to your DNP.
  • Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
  • Explore important topics that can help pave the way to a better future for yourself and the patients you serve.
  • Take the opportunity to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge your assumptions.
  • Learn from an expert faculty of nursing leaders who openly share their experiences and insights regarding public health and the nursing profession.
Why Maryville?

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Maryville University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

How long is the accelerated BSN-DNP program?

Most full-time BSN to DNP programs take three to four years to complete, while part-time programs may take anywhere from four to six years. Students can complete an accelerated online BSN to DNP program in as few as 40 months at Maryville University. Factors that influence a student’s time to completion include the number of courses they take each semester and their chosen concentration.

Insights from our faculty

We’ve asked Mariea Snell, assistant professor of nursing and assistant director of DNP programs, for her thoughts on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice. Here’s what she had to say:

Nursing education is challenging and rewarding. I would tell any nursing student to focus on the reason they decided to go into this profession. Keep that motivation to help patients and communities going forward. Give yourself the time and space to truly absorb and learn the material. Keep in mind that education is your foundation and much more learning will happen as you begin to practice.

Online BSN to DNP program curriculum

Want to advance your nursing career and make the biggest impact possible? If you have your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then our online BSN to DNP programs are for you.

We designed our curriculum to help you become a researcher, practitioner, decision-maker, and leader at the highest levels of the nursing profession. With advanced courses in health promotion, pathophysiology, biostatistics, research, and systems leadership, our curriculum prepares you for success at the top of the nursing field.

The online BSN to DNP curriculum offers three entry points per year: spring, summer, and fall. This blended degree features five distinct program concentrations and includes master’s and doctoral-level courses, all of which can be completed 100% online. You can learn more on our curriculum page.

Family Nurse Practitioner

This 18-credit track features advanced courses in gerontology, pediatrics, and family health, arming you with the skills to become a family nurse practitioner and treat patients of all ages.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

If you want to be a primary care NP who focuses on patients 13 and older, this 12-credit concentration can help you build the skills necessary to provide the best care possible.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

Study advanced concepts related to acute care diagnosis and management and learn the skills to become an AGACNP in this 18-credit concentration.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

If you want to devote your practice as a nurse to working with children, you can earn your online BSN to DNP with a PNP concentration. This 15-credit track features advanced courses in health promotion, assessment, and diagnosis of children.

Psychiatric Mental Health NP*

Want to use your nursing degree to help diagnose, treat, and improve mental health? This concentration features 21 credit hours of courses in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and management.

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Maryville online BSN to DNP graduates have the skills and knowledge to lead in clinical, nonclinical, educational, and administrative roles in a wide range of settings. Maybe you’d like to become a nurse educator in a hospital or school of nursing. Maybe you feel a calling to pursue an executive-level position as a hospital administrator. You can become a clinical researcher or healthcare policy advocate, or you can even start your own private practice. Because our BSN to DNP programs online include five specializations, you can tailor your education to fit your interests and career goals.

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