Overview – Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Number of Credit Hours – Post Baccalaureate: 64-77
Post Masters: 40
Accreditation – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Application Deadline – March 1
Required for Entrance – RN licensure; MSN in advanced practice area certification or certification eligibility as advanced practice nurse
Other Program Specifics – Must attend one spring DNP Intensive and graduation
Programs, courses and tuition subject to change.
The DNP is a practice-focused degree designed to prepare graduates at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. Graduates of the DNP program focus on providing care to populations and communities with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations. Graduates employ abilities and skills in these areas to advocate for reasonable, rational and data driven health regulations, standards, and practices; sustain collaborative and strategic relationships, promote innovative, effective health care programs; and form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities.
Entry into the program is available every fall. The DNP curriculum includes the development of a practice or leadership focused project. All courses are offered in a distance accessible format, and students develop the scholarly project under the direction of a team, including program faculty, the student, the clinical advisor, the faculty advisor, and alumni mentors. Note: This program requires a clinical component. It is the student’s responsibility to identify a site and an appropriate clinical advisor.
Students may choose one of two pathways for the DNP Program: