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 2018 Admission

  • For all programs, except Nurse Anesthesia and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care: Apply by June 1, 2018.

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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 (except Nurse Anesthesia), listen to this previously recorded information session:


BSN to DNP Programs

Additional Nurse Educator Certification

Is teaching nurses is part of your career plan? Learn about program development, assessment, evaluation, and other aspects of the educational process by adding a Nurse Educator Certificate to your degree program.

Complete four online courses (12 credit hours) in conjunction with your doctorate curriculum to earn the certificate and gain skills that will prepare you as a future educational leader in academic and practice settings.