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No GMAT/GRE Requirement
The GMAT or GRE is not required for admission.

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100% of our 2019 graduates passed their AANP and ANCC certification exams on their first attempt.

Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's) Program

*Please visit our program offerings by state page to see whether the Master of Science (MSN) to Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program is available in your area.

Effect Meaningful Change as a DNP-Equipped Nurse Leader

Become a nurse leader and a change agent equipped with knowledge, skills and abilities to negotiate the complex and rapidly evolving health care environment. 

Marymount’s online post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) is designed for the working nurse who possesses a master’s degree in nursing and desires to acquire the practice-focused skills and knowledge needed to influence health care policy and lead interprofessional teams to improve quality amongst individuals and populations with a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Program Features At a Glance

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited and U.S. News & World Report ranked program
  • Top 15% nursing program for veterans and Top 15% nursing program for non-traditional students (College Factual)
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Supportive, responsive Student Success Advisors
  • Total Credit Hours: 30-39
  • Total Clinical Hours: 1000 total clinical hours (500 can be transferred in from clinical hours completed during prior APRN master’s degree program)
  • MSN-prepared nurses who are not APRNs are still encouraged to apply

Admissions Requirements

  • MSN with 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Two letters of recommendation

Convenient, Online Format for Working Professionals

All courses are taught online with virtual lectures, small cohorts and no on-campus experience with this program, to accommodate the schedules of working professional nurses. You will advance in your career path by earning your clinical doctorate to transform healthcare in the following ways:

  • Advocate for change in healthcare policy
  • Evaluate quality outcomes at the individual and population levels
  • Lead teams, systems and practices with confidence
  • Apply theories of professional leadership, personal leadership, skill building, quality improvement and ethical values

Make a Difference with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

At Marymount, nurse professionals are taught to provide compassionate primary care using evidence-informed practice and ethical analysis. Mentored by seasoned nurses based near the nation’s capital, you will deepen your knowledge of the global scope of healthcare policy and systems to effectively make an impact. Marymount’s MSN to DNP degree prepares nursing professionals to assume leadership roles in the health care system and develop new models of care delivery using a holistic approach. The DNP program is focused on:

  • Evidence-informed advanced practice nursing
  • Health care policy
  • Leadership
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics

Marymount fully supports you in your commitment to earning a post-master’s DNP with student support and more as you move through coursework, residency, a doctoral project and independent study.


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"I would absolutely recommend Marymount University to someone considering a nursing degree. The personal attention you receive is unmatched."

- Angeline Thomas