Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs prepare nurses to use evidence-based practice in patient care delivery. 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 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 time frame. Experience requirements vary by specialty program. For details, view respective program pages.

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 one week each semester. 

Application Deadline

The application window for some programs could close early, if capacity has been reached.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Deadlines by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
BSN to DNP
N/A N/A Feb. 3 (Priority)*
March 2 (Final)*
Post-MSN DNP
N/A N/A March 2 (Priority)
April 1 (Final)
DNP Nurse Anesthesia (for the spring after next)
Nov. 1 (Priority),
Dec. 2 (Final)
N/A N/A

*Excludes Pediatric Primary Care, which is not accepting applications at this time.

Programs

Nurses with a specialized MSN should visit the Post-MSN DNP program page.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to treat patients 13 and older for brief, but severe, episodes of illness, injury, or trauma in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities or short-term stay settings.

This program is offered on campus only.

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The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to care for patients 13 and older for diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions.

All coursework is offered online for this program, with two required campus visits: one for orientation and one in the final semester.

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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares nurses to diagnose and manage common and complex medical conditions in children and adults.

All coursework is offered online for this program, with two required campus visits: one for orientation and one in the final semester.

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The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares nurses to safely provide anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical, and trauma care in every type of practice setting.

This program is offered on campus only.

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The Nursing Administration program prepares nurses to facilitate and deliver quality patient care, while coordinating actions in the workplace and managing and leading a team of health care workers and professionals.

All coursework is offered online for this program, with two required campus visits: one for orientation and one in the final semester.

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The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to manage patients from birth to 21 years old with complex acute and chronic health conditions within a hospital or pediatric acute care setting.

All coursework is offered online for this program, with two required campus visits: one for orientation and one in the final semester.

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The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary care to children who are healthy or suffering from common, acute or chronic health problems from birth to 21 years old.

All coursework is offered online for this program, with two required campus visits: one for orientation and one in the final semester.

This program is not accepting applications for Fall 2020.

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The Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide effective care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs.

All coursework is offered online for this program, with two required campus visits: one for orientation and one in the final semester.

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