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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate designed to prepare professional nurses for scholarly practice as clinical and health systems experts who will lead and inspire health care improvement and reform.

The fully-accredited DNP program:

  • Is designed for the working healthcare professional, and all coursework is completed online
  • Can be completed on a full-time or part-time plan of study
  • Focuses on leadership, systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy, implementation science and evidenced-based clinical practice
  • Includes three practica that comprise the doctoral project and provide the opportunity for application of knowledge gained in all the courses.

There are two pathways to the DNP:


  • For BSN graduates who have completed an accelerated program including three 3-credit graduate level courses:
    • Epidemiology for the health professions
    • Research for advanced practice nursing/research design
    • Informatics for advanced practice nursing
  • 60 credits
  • Complete in a minimum of 3-1/2 years (starting in the summer semester) up to a maximum of 6 years
  • Program options:


DNP graduates lead and practice at the most advanced level of nursing

Graduates prepared for an advanced nursing practice role focus their practice on direct care and management of individuals and families.

Graduates in administrative, healthcare policy, informatics and population-based specialties focus their practice on aggregates: populations, systems (including information systems), organizations and state or national policies.

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