What makes the program distinguished?

The Post Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares Advanced Practice Nurses (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline.

Enroll and engage in the online DNP curriculum from anywhere in the world. Join a cohort of ambitious, supportive fellow students. This 32 credit on-line program includes 11 courses and finishes with a four-credit, 460-hour, leadership immersion experience in a clinical or community setting that focuses on improving practice through a scholarly DNP Project.


Applicants must have:

  • a Master’s degree from a professionally accredited program with an advanced practice focus (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Midwifery, or Anesthesia) with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale);
  • completion of an upper-level undergraduate course in statistics (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher;
  • completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if the previous undergraduate and graduate GPA calculated by the Graduate School is less than 3.2.
Application Process

All applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system and upload the following:

  • a non-refundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended where at least 9 or more credits were attempted or completed from each school. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted;
  • current Curriculum Vitae;
  • references from three (3) different people who are willing to submit a reference acknowledging that you are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing.
  • personal Statement: 3-4 pages, double spaced, addressing the following five (5) components:
    • Overview of professional experiences
    • Short and long term professional goals
    • Nursing practice interests
    • Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
    • Educational objectives you hope to pursue if admitted;
  • two (2) original works that reflect your scholarship and writing ability. Examples could be evidence-based projects, clinical guidelines, examples of QI/QA projects in which you had a primary role, and published articles reflecting aspects of research. If you do not have two (2) examples of scholarly work, you may substitute one or two written papers in lieu of one or both original works. The papers must be 5-7 pages in length using APA format. Choose from the following paper topics:
      • Select a current, controversial issue facing health care today and discuss the issue. Provide a description of the issue, the
        controversy and its impact on health care providers
      • Funding primary prevention has been cited as a potential cost containment measure towards controlling skyrocketing health
        care costs. Define primary prevention and provide examples of how this might be true
      • Advance practice nurses (APNs) fill a unique niche in health care delivery. Discuss the role of APNs and their impact on
        health care outcomes.
  • RN License: submit evidence of your current RN license from the United States (must include license number);
  • interview with a faculty member may be requested.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor