Online DNP Career Outlook

Take the Next Step to Nursing Excellence

Students that earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice frequently move into advanced nursing and nursing administration roles after graduation with salaries above $183,0001. And, with additional training in nursing education, many practitioners with a DNP have also moved into an educational setting as nursing faculty. Ohio graduates are well-prepared to meet the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities of the future.

Specialize Your DNP Education

Ohio University's BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP programs offer two specialization paths: direct patient care as an advanced practice nurse (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner), and indirect patient care as a nurse executive or nurse educator. Upon graduation, you will have earned the DNP and a graduate certificate in your specialty focus, if applicable, for eligibility to complete a national certification examination.

Get a Top Job with Your DNP

Graduate prepared to be agents of change at multiple levels and have an impact on patient care and the nursing profession. Here are just a few of the positions and salaries you can look forward to after earning your DNP.

  • Chief Nursing Officer


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  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


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  • Nurse Administrator


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Position Yourself for Professional Growth

As you continue expanding your knowledge and building your skills with the online DNP program, know that your investment now can set you up for lifelong success and career security. 

When you graduate, you will have the skills to qualify for multiple career opportunities that include:

  • 40% job growth for nurse practitioners by 20311
  • More than 120,000 job for health educators by 20314

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You'll Learn

  • Acquire knowledge of advanced clinical or executive practice
  • Understand the analysis and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Grasp the importance of professional presence for the advanced-level nurse
  • Master the concepts of quality and safety in population health

Skills You'll Gain

  • Hone your ability to interpret statistics and apply data analysis techniques to evidence-based projects
  • Develop the ability to integrate an understanding of health policy into your nursing practice
  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on advanced health assessment skills, evidence-based practice, and clinical decision-making

Career Services

Ohio University's Career & Student Success Center offers a variety of expert, personalized career services specifically for business students and alumni. With OHIO's Career Acceleration Team (GradCAT), you will also have access to four months of support from a dedicated team that includes a personal career coach, a branding expert and a career concierge. Our alumni benefit from a proprietary technology platform and one free coaching session each year – for life.

Personalized Career Coaching

We offer convenient, live coaching via video conference or by phone to help you prepare for career success and maximize your professional potential. We help you determine your career goals, then ensure you have the resources you need to achieve them.

Job Search Resources

Put your best foot forward and stand out to employers with helpful templates, detailed best-practice guidelines and more. We also offer job search tools like personal assessments, professional development webinars and online resources that can be accessed anywhere, anytime through our industry-leading technology platform.

Professional Development Sessions

OHIO students can also participate in free professional development sessions led by industry experts. These live, virtual sessions cover topics like career self-concept, basic job search skills, and how to qualify for promotions and prepare for leadership opportunities.


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