Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs prepare nurses to use evidence-based practice in patient care delivery. The DNP serves as the terminal, or highest, degree available in nursing practice.

Graduates are ready to serve as practice leaders within health systems or academic settings in roles involving organizational and system leadership; development and implementation of health policy; and planning, management, and evaluation of programs for health promotion, risk reduction, and health restoration.

Required Experience

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Nurses with a BSN and experience working as an RN can apply for the BSN to DNP program, which provides both a master's- and doctorate-level education in an abbreviated timeframe.

Nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • Nurses with an MSN can apply for the shorter Post-MSN DNP program. Core courses for this program are offered online with a required on-campus component each semester.

Application Deadline

Fall 2017 Admission

  • Apply by June 1, 2017 (for all programs, except Nurse Anesthesia)

Information Sessions

Program-specific information sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Register to attend online, or – if offered – on campus.

Scheduled Session(s):


For an overview of our BSN to DNP programs, listen to this previously recorded information session:

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BSN to DNP Programs