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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Simulation Lab

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is innovative, inter-/intra-professional and focuses on evidence-based health care. Graduates are prepared to create and lead new models of health care delivery for communities locally, across the nation and around the world. 

The program maximizes the use of hybrid delivery methods for enhanced learning and increased course accessibility.

Some states require a specific master’s degree to practice as a nurse practitioner; therefore, a concurrent Master of Science with a major in Nursing will be awarded with completion of the DNP.

The School of Nursing also offers the post graduate certificate for DNP-prepared nurses.  The plan of study is individualized based on academic completion and requirements.

"The way the program is designed prepares nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing."

- Joe Franta, DNP

Frequently Asked Questions


    What is a hybrid program?

    A hybrid program means that both online and in-class participation is required for all students.


    How long does the program take to complete?

    The BSN-DNP degree is 11 semesters. The MS-DNP degree is 8 semesters for the part time option. The MS-DNP degree is 5 semesters for the full time option.


    Do I need to have a Master of Science degree to apply?

    The MS (Nursing) to Doctor in Nursing Practice (Population Health) degree requires a Masters of Science degree to apply.

Spring 2022 Registration

Registration Opens October 18, 2021.

To register for Spring 2022 courses, students will need to meet with their academic success coach or faculty mentor, submit proof of vaccination or exemption, and self-register through Banner.

Vaccination Requirement and Exemptions

Student wearing face mask

The university's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy includes the COVID-19 vaccination unless an exemption is filed.

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