Q. How long is the program?
A. Six semesters as a post master’s DNP student taking 2 courses a semester and completing in 2 years.
Q. What are the course formats?
A. Courses are online with 1-2 face to face meetings per semester.
Q. Will I get credit for any of my master's clinical hours?
A. Otterbein has adopted the recommendations from the ACCN on clinical hours. Students should complete 1000 preceptor-supervised clinical hours post-baccalaureate. If the Post-Master’s student has completed national certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse, some of these hours will be credited. Other students may be asked to submit a portfolio to help plan an individualized education experience in order to include the appropriate number of clinical hours.
Q. Can I get transfer credit for any of my other graduate work?
A. Limited transfer credit may be available. Generally at the graduate level not more than two courses can be transferred.
Q. Are there any courses I need to take prior to the program?
A. Post master’s students should have completed a graduate level research course in their master's program. We also recommend taking a graduate statistics course.
Q. Am I required to have prescriptive authority? Or can I apply for this after in the program?
A. No, prescriptive authority is not required. Prescriptive authority is subject to the rules for Advanced Practice Nurses in Ohio.
Q. Can I hold a RN in license in a state other than Ohio?
A. Yes, you should hold an active unencumbered RN license in the state where you will conduct your practice project.
Q. Does my work experience need to have been in a clinical environment in the last 5 years?
A. If pursuing the advanced practice track, recent clinical experience will be helpful. We require 1 year of direct care experience in the last 5 years.
Q. What if I have been most recently working in administration?
A. We do offer a nurse executive track. You should have 1 year of experience in a nursing administration position in the last 5 years.
Q. When is the admission deadline?
A. Feb 15 yearly and the program begins the summer term.
Q. How should I prepare for the admission interview?
A. The faculty will be interested in your career goals, your planned academic trajectory, and your ideas for your clinical capstone project, and any concerns you may have. This will help them to aid you in developing an individualized education course of study.
Q. How many are admitted to each class?
A. A limited number will be admitted to each class.
Q. What are some examples of the final project?
A. Samples of our DNP graduate projects are listed on our website.
Q.How much time does a final project generally require?
A. It is of course dependent on the project selected. It is reasonable to expect the project to be completed within the two years of study.
Q. Can I work during this program?
A. Classes are scheduled to be convenient for the working student.
Q. How many hours should I plan to dedicate to my studies per week?
A. Students will take approximately six credits per semester, with a recommendation of 3-4 hours per credit hour of outside class study time.
Q. What kind of jobs does this prepare me for?
A. The DNP is an expert clinician educated for transformation leadership and project development.
Q. What can I expect as increase in salary with a DNP?
A. Salary is determined by individual employers. Average national salary figures are available at the ACCN website at www.aacn.nche.edu.
Q. If I need to drop out for any reason, how long do I have to complete the program?
A. Students must complete the program within six years.
Q. Are you offering a BSN to DNP program?
A. Not at this time, we plan to offer this program in the future.
Q. What is the cost for the program?
A. See the cost grid on the Tuition and Financial Aid page.