fastest online doctoral programsThere are many reasons why some students choose to look for the absolute fastest programs for higher education, one large reason is money. Spending longer on getting a degree usually means spending more, even though it often will mean earning more in the long run.

Another reason for choosing a fast program to earn a doctorate would be to finish school, at least for that selected path. There are different ways to go about earning a doctoral degree, some choose a program after obtaining their bachelor’s degree while others choose a master’s program then later go back for their doctorate. The speed of an online doctorate program often depends on which pathway the student chooses, as some schools can combine master’s and doctorate level coursework in order to get the student to their doctoral goal in the fastest manner available.

Other programs work from previous schooling records and can be as brief as 2 years and sometimes even less provided the student already has their master’s degree. Here we’ll be taking a look at the best of both worlds.

Methodology

Sources used to collect data include the following:

In order to determine the fastest doctoral programs, the number of credits, as well as projected duration of the programs, were taken into consideration. The shortest possible duration was chosen in cases where there was more than one option for the duration. Schools are ranked by duration as primary criteria.

In cases where program duration was extremely similar or tied, schools which offered the programs were then ranked by:

  • overall student opinion provided by Niche
  • affordability factor with the cost of attendance information provided by CollegeData or NCES
  • and a combination of student retention and graduation rates as provided by NCES

While one might argue that retention and graduation rates are not relevant to obtaining a doctoral degree, it is used as a reflection of the overall quality of the school. Schools evaluated for this ranking include private not-for-profit and public institutions.

Notes: No schools in any of OnlineCollegePlan’s rankings are given preferential treatment and we have never been requested to do so. Our methodology is fully disclosed so that anyone is able to arrive at the same ranking using the formula as explained.

Some schools or programs may have been excluded due to insufficient data available.

Students looking to attend college online may be interested in checking out our ranking for the Top 100 Best Online Colleges.

20. Duquesne University

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Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private, Catholic university. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in 1878, the school was originally named Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost. While the school opened with an enrollment of 40 students, it has since grown to serve more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The current name of the school is from Michel-Ange Duquesne de Menneville, an 18th-century governor of New France. Duquesne holds the honor of being the first Catholic university-level institution in the state as well as being the only Spiritan institution of higher education worldwide. Duquesne University notable alumni include two cardinals and the current bishop of Pittsburgh.

Duquesne University offers doctoral students a PhD in Nursing program which has an option for a 3-year program as well as a 4-year option. The program began in 1994 and in over the past 20 years, there have been more than 100 nurse scientists graduate and continue on to have successful careers in areas such as in nursing education, research, and organizational leadership. The program is online and the doctoral students are mentored as they pursue their studies to earn their degree. There are several residencies required including a week residency at the Pittsburgh campus for doctoral orientation the first summer, and 10 to 14 days the following summer abroad, such as at the campus in Dublin or Rome. Students will also be required to gain committee and topic approval for their dissertation and will have an opportunity to meet with their faculty mentor in order to discuss and develop their dissertation topic so that they can prepare for approval. The doctoral student’s final residency is the final public defense of their dissertation.

They also offer a doctoral program in Instructional Technology and Leadership which offers a 57 credit-hour Ed.D. curriculum and consists of about 2.5 years of coursework, plus additional time for completing a dissertation. Courses are offered in a cohort model which start in the summer. While spring and fall courses are taught online, there is a mandatory two-week residency and a one-week residency the following summer.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Duquesne University’s Website – www.duq.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/duquesneuniversityoftheholyspirit

Twitter – https://twitter.com/duqedu

19. Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland is home to Johns Hopkins University, commonly referred to as simply Johns Hopkins or JHU. The school was founded in 1876 and is named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur Johns Hopkins. He bequeathed 7 million dollars to fund a hospital and university and at the time it was the largest philanthropic gift in United States history. Johns Hopkins is considered the first research university in the United States. Today, the school serves more than 20,000 students from all over the United States as well as from around the world. Johns Hopkins University notable alumni include a vast array of people such as multiple Nobel Laureates, the first affirmed laureate being Woodrow Wilson. Michael Bloomberg, Paul Rabil, Wilder Penfield, and Bert Vogelstein are also among the names of the many who have been students of Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins School of Education offers doctoral students an online Doctor of Education (EdD) program designed for flexibility so that participants are able to adapt their studies to their particular educational environment. The doctoral program is highly competitive with limited admissions each year, with applicants from countries around the globe. As a result, graduates of the program are known to set high standards for leadership in education. They are also able to use their knowledge and apply practices in order to improve educational outcomes and meet challenges in their field concerning improvements in learning and be successful. Students who apply for the program are required to choose an area of specialization. The current specializations offered are Urban Leadership, Mind, Brain & Teaching, and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. The program duration is 3 to 4 years and students are required to complete their dissertation within 7 years.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Johns Hopkins’ Website – https://www.jhu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/johnshopkinsuniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/johnshopkins

18. University of Missouri

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The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou or MU, can be found in Columbia, Missouri. The school was founded in 1839 and was the first public institution of higher learning to be on the west side of the Mississippi River. It is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System and is a land-grant and space-grant institution. It is one of the top research institutions in the United States and one of only 34 public universities which are members of the Association of American Universities. Currently, enrollment for Mizzou is over 30,000 students. University of Missouri Notable alumni are plentiful and include Brad Pitt, Sheryl Crow, Sam Walton, and Tennessee Williams to name a small few.

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing offers doctoral students a number of online programs which are often completed in three years of study. Although these are primarily online, most of the programs do require a visit to campus prior to starting the program for orientation and other visits throughout the course of studies.

There is a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program offered which requires between 56 and 77 credit hours depending on the level of degree the student already has.

Mizzou also offers several DNP programs in various concentrations online. These are:

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Mizzou’s Website – https://missouri.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Mizzou

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Mizzou

17. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Located in Knoxville, Tennessee is the flagship university of the University of Tennessee system, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). The public land-grant and sun-grant university was founded in 1794, making it older than the 16th state which is its home. UTK contains nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges in order to serve its nearly 28,000 students which come from all over the United States and more than 100 countries around the world. University of Tennessee notable alumni includes seven Rhodes Scholars, James M. Buchanan, M.S. who received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics, Peyton Manning, Alvin Kamara, Dave Ramsey, and Bob Corker to name a few.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers doctoral students an online Doctor of Social Work in Clinical Practice and Leadership (DSW) program through their College of Social Work. Designed for working professionals, the program is offered in an intensive accelerated format that allows students to be able to complete their degree within 3 years without disruption to their career or work schedule. This unique professional practice degree is taught online through both synchronous and asynchronous models. Students will take two 3 credit hour courses each semester over 8 continuous semesters, including summer which will total to 48 credit hours.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

UTK’s Website – https://www.utk.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UTKnoxville

Twitter – https://twitter.com/utknoxville

16. Liberty University

Liberty University

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Liberty University (LU) can be found in Lynchburg, Virginia. LU is not only the largest non-profit university in the United States, but it is also the largest Christian university in the world in terms of enrollment. Jerry Falwell, the evangelist and Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, founded the school in 1971 as Lynchburg Baptist College. In 1976, the name was changed to Liberty Baptist College, then later changed to Liberty University in 1984 when the school obtained university status. Twice the university has had a sitting President of the United States speak at their commencement; President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and recently, President Donald Trump in 2017. There is a long list of Liberty University notable alumni which includes Jerry Falwell, Jr. the current President and Chancellor at LU; Jonathan Falwell, son of Jerry Falwell and Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church; William Franklin Graham IV, evangelist and grandson of Billy Graham; a large number of entertainers; multiple politicians of local and national levels; athletes and sports figures; and many more.

Liberty University offers doctoral students an online, CCNE accredited, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) which is designed for working professionals to hone the skills to translate evidence-based research into practice so that they may improve the quality of care as well as patient safety. The program is online and has three optional hands-on intensives for students to participate in. The program is 41 total hours with 6 of the credit hours able to be transferred in.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

LU’s Website – http://www.liberty.edu/online/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LibertyUniversityOnline

Twitter – https://twitter.com/libertyuonline

15. East Carolina University

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The public doctoral and research university of East Carolina University (ECU) is located in Greenville, North Carolina and is the third largest in the state. The school is a land-grant and sea-grant institution as well as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity campus. The school was founded as a teacher training school in 1907 and has grown from 43 acres in the beginning to nearly 1,600 acres today. There are six properties which contain the university’s academic facilities which are the Main Campus, Health Sciences Campus, West Research Campus, located a bit further away in Greenville, NC is the Millennial Research Innovation Campus, a Field Station for Coastal Studies is in New Holland, NC, and there is also a campus in Certaldo Alto, Italy. There is a large number of East Carolina University notable alumni who have excelled in their field, whether they are in business, politics and government, arts, entertainment, or athletics. Both Linda and Vince McMahon, Sandra Bullock, Chris Johnson, and Mike Trout are just a few names of ECU alumni.

East Carolina University College of Nursing offers students an online Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) for working professionals who want to become the researchers and scholars who develop and explore the science which drives and improves nursing practice and education leading to new innovations in the field. The program prepares graduates for a leadership role in nursing as well as enhancing their analytical abilities to innovate and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. Students are required to complete at least 54 semester hours beyond their master’s degree, with at least 6 of those hours for their dissertation. Students who choose to pursue a BSN to PhD are required to complete between 72 and 77 semester hours. Students who have already obtained their DNP are still required to complete 54 semester hours, although 15 hours from a DNP program may be used to fulfill requirements in this program.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

ECU’s Website – https://www.ecu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EastCarolina

Twitter – https://twitter.com/eastcarolina

14. Bradley University

Bradley University

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Bradley University is a private university in Peoria, Illinois. The school was founded in 1897 by philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley in loving memory of her family who passed before her. Today, the school contains 5 colleges and enrolls more than 5,400 students and offers over 100 undergraduate programs and more than 30 programs for graduate students. All courses are taught by professors and not teaching assistants. Bradley University notable alumni include a variety of professionals in areas such as politics and government, arts and entertainment, and athletics. Among the alumni are Neil Flynn, Charley Steiner, Ray LaHood, Chet Walker, and Jerry Hadley, just a few.

Bradley University offers students two online options for earning the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the program pathway that takes less time to complete is the DNP – Leadership Track (MSN Entry), with an average of 3 years. However, students beginning with a BSN on their path to earning their DNP can be complete their program in around 4 years which may save time in the long run, although the duration is longer program versus program. The DNP – Leadership Track is about 39 credit hours and usually takes 9 semesters to complete. While there is not a residency requirement, students are to complete a supervised clinical practicum and complete a clinical project in order to finish the program and earn their degree. Students are admitted into the program three times a year in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Graduates of the program will have acquired the expertise to inform and shape health care policy, enhanced their knowledge of financial and personnel management and leadership. They will be prepared and qualified to take on leadership roles in areas such as administration, teaching, research, and patient care.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Bradley’s Website – https://www.bradley.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BradleyUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/bradleyu

13. Monmouth University

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Monmouth University is a private university in West Long Branch, New Jersey which is in Monmouth County. The institution was founded in 1933 and was named Monmouth Junior College. It was 1956 when the school dropped the Junior to become only Monmouth College, and finally, in 1995, the school changed to Monmouth University after gaining university status. Currently, the school enrolls over 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students and offers about a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio with class sizes that are limited between 20 and 35 students and none of their courses are taught by teaching assistants.

Monmouth University offers the doctoral program, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) for practicing nursing professionals who would like to take themselves and their careers to the next level by obtaining the highest clinical degree available in nursing. The program is 36 credit hours and students have a choice of taking either one or two courses per semester in fall, spring, and summer for maximum flexibility. The program will focus on organizational or systems leadership and scholarship to address the highly complex healthcare environments which continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Students are taught and mentored by the distinguished faculty at Monmouth University as they work on and complete their DNP project and the practice immersion experience in order to earn their doctoral degree.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Monmouth University’s Website – https://www.monmouth.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MonmouthUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/monmouthu

12. Maryville University of St. Louis

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Maryville University of St. Louis, most often called simply Maryville or Maryville University, is a private institution which is located in the city of Town and Country, Missouri which is a suburb in west St. Louis County. Founded in 1872 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the school was originally an academy for underprivileged youths and young women. There are six colleges and schools at Maryville which serves more than 6,000 enrolled students. Maryville University notable alumni include Sally A. Faith, Jerry Costello, Theresa Obermeyer, Adelina Otero-Warren, and many others who have gone on to excel in their chosen field.

Maryville University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) online program for doctoral students. For professionals who have already earned their MSN, the program consists of 11 courses with 33 credit hours in total and can be completed in as few as 20 months. The program is designed for advanced practice nurses with the desire to take their careers to a higher level and learn how to impact patient care from that level. Program content which is beyond the MSN level includes:

  • systems thinking
  • health policy aimed at patient advocacy
  • ethics in advanced nursing practice
  • patient safety and quality
  • completion of a scholarly project that uses evidence-based practice

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Maryville’s Website – https://www.maryville.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MaryvilleUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/maryvilleu

11. Regis University

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Founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus, Regis University is a private Roman Catholic university in Denver, Colorado. The university is a member of the Associate of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Regis is comprised of 5 colleges to serve more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Regis University notable alumni include Bill Murray, John P. Farley, Katee Doland, Campbell Brown, Stephen McNichols, and many others who have excelled in areas such as business, athletics, politics and government, arts, and entertainment.

Regis University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program online for nursing professionals who wish to get the highest clinical degree available. Many leaders in the nursing field obtain their DNP and are able to sit at the table with physicians and administrators in order to discuss decisions and help shape the future of healthcare. The online program has a 2-year and a 3-year option with courses beginning in the Summer session. Most courses are in an 8-week format with only a few taking a full semester.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Regis University’s Website – www.regis.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/regisuniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/regisuniversity

10. Seton Hall University

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South Orange, New Jersey is home to Seton Hall University. It is a private, Roman Catholic university which was formally founded in 1856 by the Newark Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, cousin to President Theodore Roosevelt. The university is named for Bishop Bayley’s aunt, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was named the first American-born Catholic saint. Seton Hall is the oldest diocesan university in the country. The school enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Seton Hall University notable alumni include a variety of those who have excelled in areas of academia, politics or government, business, athletics, literature, arts, and entertainment.

Seton Hall University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program online for students and professionals who desire to obtain the highest possible clinical degree in the nursing field. Students will learn advanced knowledge in areas of population health, healthcare systems as well as business and evidence-based practice. The program offers two paths, one for students who have their BSN which is between 73 and 79 credits, or 32 to 33 credits for students who have already obtained their MSN in direct or indirect care. The end of the program is the completion of the Final Scholarly Project which has a focus on quality improvement and translational science to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, as well as safety and overall quality in clinical practice and administration.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

SHU’s Website – https://www.shu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/setonhall

Twitter – https://twitter.com/setonhall

9. University of Florida

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Located in Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida (UF) is the 3rd largest university in Florida (by student population) as well as the 8th largest single-campus university within the United States. It is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university whose origins can be traced back to 1853. UF has operated continuously on its current campus in Gainesville since 1906 and currently, the campus is about 2,000 acres and is home to 16 academic colleges and over 150 research centers and institutes. Currently, the university serves more than 54,000 students. University of Florida notable alumni includes a vast number of politicians, entertainers, scholars, researchers, and people who have excelled in their field.

UF offers doctoral students an Online Doctorate in Education (ED. D.) program which is designed for working professionals who are striving to become researching professionals in the field of education. It is a cohort program with three required on-campus experiences which include a 2-day orientation, and 4-day summer sessions at the end of the first and second year. The online coursework is completed as a cohort and qualifying exams are conducted at the end of the second year. Dissertations are then completed under the guidance of UF faculty.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

UF’s Website – www.ufl.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/uflorida

Twitter – https://twitter.com/uf

8. University of North Dakota

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The University of North Dakota (UND) is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is a public university that was founded with a strong liberal arts foundation and has grown into a prominent research university and is classified as having high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. Older than the state itself, by six years, the school was founded in 1883 and the first classes were held the following year. Today, UND serves more than 14,000 students and is regarded as one of the top academic and research institutions in the northern Midwest. University of North Dakota notable alumni is a diverse group in many different areas of excellence and notoriety from politics and government, to entertainment and the arts, science, to athletics. Among the alumni are eight governors of North Dakota, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Maxwell Anderson, and the Rhodes scholar and poet Thomas McGrath.

UND offers students an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for working professionals who want to be among the most educated and qualified practitioners in their profession. Graduates of the program are clinical leaders who have an integral role in their interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Nurses with their DNP utilize their expertise to improve the quality of healthcare and help influence health policies in order to provide overall better healthcare outcomes. The program lasts for 5 semesters and can be completed in 2 years.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

UND’s Website – und.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UofNorthDakota

Twitter – https://twitter.com/uofnorthdakota

7. University of Florida

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The University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Florida is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university and proud home to the Gators, the name of their athletic teams. The origins of UF can be traced back as far as 1853, and the university has resided on its current campus continuously since 1906. The university is the third largest in Florida by student population with more than 54,000 students on their 2,000-acre campus and is the eighth largest single-campus university in the country. University of Florida contains 16 academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. University of Florida notable Alumni includes Marco Rubio, Bob Graham, Faye Dunaway, Emmitt Smith, Kevin Ford, and many more.

The University of Florida offers doctoral students a CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program through the College of Nursing. The DNP program offered at UF was one of the state’s first DNP programs. There are two paths available for students, one is a BSN to DNP and the other is an MSN to DNP program. The MSN to DNP program is primarily online and has minimal attendance on campus required. The program is 35 credit hours and is able to be completed in 5 semesters.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

UF’s Website – www.ufl.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/uflorida

Twitter – https://twitter.com/uf

6. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University (LU) is the largest Christian university in the world by enrollment and the largest non-profit university in the country. LU was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the evangelist and Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, Jerry Falwell. Five years later, the school renamed to Liberty Baptist College and changed to simply Liberty University when it obtained university status in 1984. The university has had the honor twice of having a sitting United States Presidents to speak at their commencement, first in 1990 when George H.W. Bush spoke, and most recently in 2017 when current President Donald Trump delivered his keynote speech. Liberty University notable alumni include Jerry Falwell, Jr. the current President and Chancellor at LU; Jonathan Falwell, son of Jerry Falwell and Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church; William Franklin Graham IV, evangelist and grandson of Billy Graham; Terry Fator, singer and ventriloquist; members of the Christian rock band Anthem Lights; multiple politicians of local and national levels; athletes and sports figures in many different sports; and so many more.

Liberty University offers its students a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program which is 100% online. Doctoral students will sharpen their ministry skills and develop a deeper understanding of biblical principles and strategies which help them to serve more effectively in their pastoral roles. There are opportunities for students to interact with well-known church leaders while pursuing their doctorate degree in order to heighten their understanding of purpose. There are 33 total hours required for the degree, however, 6 of these may be transferred in. A 9 credit hour thesis is required as part of the program. There are optional intensives available for students. There is a variety of cognates available for students to pick from which include Biblical Studies, Chaplaincy, Church Revitalization, Discipleship, Evangelism & Church Planting, Expository Preaching, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Leadership, Theology and Apologetics, and Worship.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

LU’s Website – http://www.liberty.edu/online/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LibertyUniversityOnline

Twitter – https://twitter.com/libertyuonline

5. The College of St. Scholastica

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The College of St. Scholastica is a Roman Catholic-affiliated private college in Duluth, Minnesota. While the college is able to trace its roots as far back as 1892 to a private academy, it was officially established in 1912 when it expanded to include a junior college. Today, the college enrolls more than 4,000 students and has five other campuses as well as a virtual campus. The College of St. Scholastica notable alumni includes Emily Larson, the mayor of Duluth; Don Ness, the former mayor of Duluth; Patrick J. Schiltz, US District Judge, District of Minnesota; Scott Jurek, the ultramarathon runner; and more.

The College of St. Scholastica offers an online Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program for doctoral students. The program is 100% online and can be completed in 2 years. It is also a condensed program with only six classes for students to complete for a total of 16 credit hours. The program is designed to be ideal for practicing therapist and is taught by faculty who are also experienced clinical practitioners.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

CSS’s Website – www.css.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/stscholastica

Twitter – https://twitter.com/stscholastica

4. Duquesne University

Duquesne University

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, founded in 1878 and located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a private, Catholic university. The school was originally named Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost and was founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The school began with a meager 40 students and today serves more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Duquesne was the first Catholic university-level institution in Pennsylvania and is the only Spiritan institution of higher learning in the world. The name of the institution is derived from Michel-Ange Duquesne de Menneville, an 18th-century governor of New France. Duquesne University notable alumni include two cardinals and the current bishop of Pittsburgh.

An Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is offered at Duquesne University for doctoral students who are ready to advance their careers as well as help shape the future of nursing. MSN-DNP graduates have many different career paths from which to choose, including healthcare administrator, healthcare manager or clinical leader, public health policy-maker, nurse executive, advanced clinical educator, and more. Coursework is completed 100% online and students are paired with a faculty member in order to work one-on-one. The program is a total of 35 credits broken down into nine 3 credit courses and two 4 credit courses. Students are able to complete the program in as few as two years. While the program is online, there is a brief on-campus orientation for students prior to beginning their studies.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Duquesne University’s Website – www.duq.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/duquesneuniversityoftheholyspirit

Twitter – https://twitter.com/duqedu

3. Gwynedd Mercy University

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Gwynedd Mercy University (GMercyU) in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania was founded in 1948 as Gwynedd-Mercy College and was a junior college. In 1963 the college was rechartered as a baccalaureate institution of higher learning and later renamed to the present Gwynedd Mercy University. The school rests on what was once known as Willowbrook Farm and was owned by the Bond Family. The family’s son, James Bond, was a well-respected ornithologist whose name later became famous as it caught Ian Fleming’s eye upon the cover of the book, Birds of the West Indies authored by James. This then became the name Fleming used for his international man of mystery.

Gwynedd Mercy University offers doctoral students an Accelerated Executive Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership ABD completion program for those who have completed coursework but have not completed their dissertation. This doctoral level program allows students to leave behind their ABD (All But Dissertation) status and obtain their EdD. There is a minimum of 27 credit hours of coursework and practicum experience required with GMercyU which should take about 18 months. Students will be prepared for an advanced career in areas such as research, policy analysis or school administration upon completion.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

GMU’s Website – https://www.gmercyu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GMercyU

Twitter – https://twitter.com/gmercyu

2. Boston University

Boston University

Boston University (BU) is located in Beantown (Boston) with its main campus along the Charles River in the great state of Massachusetts. BU is able to trace its roots back to 1839, however, it was not formally chartered until 1869. It is a private research university and is nonsectarian, although it is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Boston University notable alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Bill O’Reilly, Geena Davis, Jason Alexander, Howard Stern, Alfre Woodard, and many more.

Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College offers doctoral students an Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. This program is designed for occupational therapy practitioners who want to help shape the future of occupational therapy. Qualified students should either have a BS and MS in occupational therapy from an ACOTE or WFOT-accredited degree program or be able to provide a National Government Recognition document of their program in occupational therapy. In order to be exempt from the GRE, students must have obtained a GPA of 3.0 or better (according to the U.S. 4-point scale) in their OT program. Students are able to be matriculated into the program in January, May, and September. The program offers the highest level of quality education and a strong mentorship model as students are paired in a one-on-one relationship with BU faculty. As an online program, there is a focus on flexibility in the design in harmony with personal guidance.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

BU’s Website – https://www.bu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BostonUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BU_Tweets

1. Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University is located in Hyden, Kentucky and was established in 1939 by the Frontier Nursing Service. The school was previously known as The Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery and later Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and finally, in 2011, became Frontier Nursing University. The university is also credited as being the first graduate school of nurse-midwifery to offer distance education, creating the program as a collaborative effort with several other institutions in 1989 & 1990.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice, which is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice, is offered by Frontier Nursing University and is designed for registered nurses who have the will and ambition to take their education and careers to the next level. There are two paths for doctoral students to take in order to earn their DNP. One is a Post-Master’s DNP, and the other is starting with an MSN or PGC with an option to complete a DNP. Students who already have an MSN, the DNP program is 28 credit hours and is designed for certified nurse-midwives as well as nurse practitioners. Meanwhile, students who are registered nurses seeking their MSN or Post-Graduate Certificate at Frontier Nursing University are able to complete their DNP with 19 additional credit hours as the curriculum incorporates many of the DNP core competencies.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Frontier’s Website – https://frontier.edu/

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