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 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. In addition to a traditional post-MSN to DNP, Jefferson offers a post-BSN DNP in which students earn an MSN midway through the program. Enter our DNP with a BSN or MSN, and prepare for scholarly practice and leadership at the most advanced level of nursing. We'll help you design a Practice Inquiry Project that meets your career interests as a full-time or part-time student. 

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.