Doctor of Nursing Practice

2 nursing students with patient

Doctor of 
Nursing practice

The DNP program offerings includes 2 degree tracks and 5 concentrations for post-BSN and post-MSN study.  The courses combine online delivery, high fidelity simulation labs, and clinical experiences, taught by faculty who are currently practicing APNs and experienced in online education.


About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares an advanced practice nurse (APN) to practice effectively in the ever changing health care environment through the integration of advanced clinical skills, knowledge and judgment, evidence based decision making, policy advocacy and reform, interprofessional leadership, financial decision making, and the use of technology to improve quality care.

The DNP degree is a practice doctorate degree for APRNs which includes nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists. The DNP degree is also available for nurse executives who impact healthcare outcomes through the leadership at an executive’s stems level.

Registered nurses with a BSN or MSN can enter one of the four DNP-Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs and upon graduation can take the certification exam for that specialty. Certified advanced practice nurses with a MSN can enter the “traditional” post-masters DNP program to obtain the additional coursework required for the DNP degree.

There are two entry points to the DNP program: 

(1) Registered nurses with a BSN or MSN can enter one of the four DNP-Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs and upon graduation can take the certification exam for that specialty.

(2) Certified advanced practice nurses with a MSN can enter the “traditional” post-masters DNP program to obtain the additional coursework required for the DNP degree.

Concentrations & Tracks 

 Concentrations


Applicant Profile

The applicant for the DNP degree program is an RN that desires to have a direct or indirect impact on health care outcomes. Someone who will embrace the role of a nurse practitioner.