Program Overview

The University of Pittsburgh offers an online Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. Students develop clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery. There are 10 concentration areas to choose from:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Gerontology
  • ​Clinical Nurse Specialist - Psychiatric Mental Health 
  • ​Health Systems Executive Leadership
  • ​CRNA MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • ​Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) NP
  • ​Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • ​Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Ultimately, graduates are able to affect the healthcare delivery system through evaluation, becoming leaders in clinical arenas, establishing standards and policies, and meeting the needs of today’s diverse healthcare systems.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
    • ≥ 3.0 GPA in MSN (from an accredited program) or master’s in related field (must have BSN from accredited program)
    • Pre-requisite statistics course within the last 10 years with a grade of B- or better
    • Essay
    • Current CV or resume
    • Three letters of professional recommendation
    • Official transcripts

    School Overview

    The University of Pittsburgh, also known as Pitt, is a state research institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as Pittsburgh Academy. In 1819, Pittsburgh Academy changed into the Western University of Pennsylvania, and in 1908 became The University of Pittsburgh. Pitt was a private university from the time that it was founded until 1966, when it became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

    Pitt offers bachelor's, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees. Certificate degrees are also offered. Pitt’s academic programs are offered through the universities following academic units:

    • College of Business Administration
    • School of Dental Medicine
    • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
    • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
    • College of Business Administration
    • School of Education
    • College of General Studies
    • Swanson School of Engineering
    • University Honors College
    • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • School of Law
    • School of Information Sciences
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Public & International Affairs
    • School of Social Work



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