Doctor of Nursing Practice


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Type

  • On Campus
  • Online

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice focused doctorate that prepares professional nurses for scholarly practice.  Our graduates are clinical and health system experts that create, reform and lead improvements in practice, policy, populations, organizations, and government.  In addition to the traditional post MSN-DNP, Jefferson offers a post BSN-DNP in which students earn an MSN midway through the program.  Part time and full time plans of study are available.  Enter our DNP Program and engage in inter-professional leadership across the health care continuum.  Our nationally recognized, expert faculty will mentor you to design, implement and evaluate a year-long doctoral project aligned with your career interests and goals. 

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

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

We prepare students to plan, initiate, lead and evaluate change in practices and health systems.

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.

Now BSN nurses can enter the DNP program directly, and earn the MSN along the way, in our Post-BSN to DNP program.