Prepare for advanced, high-level leadership in nursing.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused program that combines a scholarly approach to the discipline of nursing while advancing the profession of nursing through practice. The online DNP program is CCNE-accredited.

The program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in nursing. The program does not prepare students to obtain a state RN license. Intensive, immersive experiences inform the practice-focused DNP Capstone Project.

Enjoy Flexibility – 14 online DNP courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses & local immersion
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $375 per month

Focus On Your Passion – Choose your Capstone

Intensive, immersive experiences inform the practice-focused DNP Capstone Project. The program requires students to complete 1000 hours of clinical practice immersion hours. Applicants who provide evidence of clinical hours from an MSN or other nursing-specific degree have the potential to have a percentage of those hours applied to the required 1000 before the Project course sequence.

While being a working nurse is not a program requirement, the DNP’s 1000-hour immersion experience requires students to have access to a clinical site and preceptor to successfully complete DNP courses with embedded immersion hours.

Program Goals

  1. Evaluate scientific underpinnings for practice and create a theoretical framework based on research.
  2. Improve the quality of nursing practice, by using leadership strategies and systems thinking, to lead organizations to change.
  3. Analyze clinical scholarship and analytical methods to provide a foundation for evidence-based practice.
  4. Critique information systems and patient care technology to improve and transform healthcare.
  5. Advocate for enhanced healthcare policy.
  6. Collaborate with professionals in other disciplines to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Create innovations for prevention of disease and improvement of population health.

View the DNP Handbook

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Registered Nurse Licensure – Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and/or advanced practice registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and/or advanced practice registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • Masters of Science in Nursing – Evidence of a masters degree in nursing (MSN), or a relevant discipline, in the form of official transcripts from an accredited institution or an equivalently certified degree from a recognized foreign college or University. GPA must be 3.0 or greater.