Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused degree that prepares nurses to function at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and policy. Students prepare for advance practice roles and nursing faculty positions.   The online format of the program allows for flexibility, although each cohort will be required to participate in residency requirements throughout the program.  The Capstone Project is an integral part of the total program of study as well as the culminating activity. The project represents an original application of knowledge in the area of student specialization. The target benefits of the intervention or innovation designed by the student would be beyond the individual patient or family and focus more on institutions, patient populations or communities.

BSN to DNP Program - Family Nurse Practitioner

  • The BSN to DNP program is designed for nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an active RN licensure. This program consists of 67-68 credits and three years of full-time study (5-9 credits per semester) over nine semesters.  Students achieve a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.  
    BSN to DNP Full-time Curriculum Guide 
    BSN to DNP Part-time Curriculum Guide

MSN to DNP Program

Requirements for Admission

  • BSN to DNP requires RN Licensure
    MSN to DNP requires Certificate of Authority in advanced practice
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • One year of clinical practice experience
  • 2-3 page paper describing a clinical area of interest for DNP Project.
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Interview

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