Convenience and expertise come together in the College of Nursing's online Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This program is designed for Advanced Practice Nurses (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) who are ready to build on their Master's level education and experience in healthcare.
The highest possible degree in advanced practice, the DNP, instills in graduates the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to strengthen healthcare delivery, patient outcomes and system management. DNP graduates are skilled clinicians who use their grounding in the discipline of nursing and evidence-based practice experience to conduct inquiry to further clinical, policy, education, and healthcare delivery needs in a variety of settings.
Enroll and engage in the online DNP curriculum from anywhere in the U.S., and every corner of the globe. Join a cohort of ambitious, supportive fellow students. This 28 credit program includes a four-credit, 460-hour clinical residency requirement.
Discover more about the program opportunity and find a full course plan in our Forms & Material section.
January 1 for Fall start
September 1 for Spring start
Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree from a professionally accredited program with an advanced practice focus (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Midwifery, or Anesthesia) with a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (4.00 scale) to be considered for admission.Applicants must have completed (within 5 years), or be in the process of completing an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of B or better prior to the start of the program. See listing of approved courses.
To be considered for admission, all nursing applicants must apply through the Graduate School and submit listed materials for the College of Nursing.
Complete online Graduate School Application (including a nonrefundable application fee). Submit official transcripts from all and any school attended directly to the Graduate School.
Submit online through NursingCAS Complete College of Nursing application using the online NursingCAS system by AACN. A completed application must include the required materials listed below. Forms such as the checklist and recommendation form can be accessed online, through NursingCAS.
Required materials for the College of Nursing
- Overview of professional experience
- Short and long term professional goals
- Nursing practice interests
- Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
- Educational objectives you hope to pursue if admitted
If you do not have 2 examples of scholarly work, you may substitute one or two written papers in lieu of one or both original works. The papers must be 5-7 pages in length using APA format. Choose from the following paper topics
- Select a current, controversial issue facing health care today and discuss the issue. Provide a description of the issue, the controversy and its impact on health care providers.
- Funding primary prevention has been cited as a potential cost containment measure towards controlling skyrocketing health care costs. Define primary prevention and provide examples of how this might be true.
- Advance practice nurses (APNs) fill a unique niche in health care delivery. Discuss the role of APNs and their impact on health care
For application questions and inquiries please contact Jennifer Daood, Student Affairs Graduate Advisor.
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