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.

What makes the program distinguished?

Ranked in the top 15% of graduate nursing programs by U.S. News and World Report the program prepares students to develop clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery that will significantly impact health care outcomes and transform health care delivery. Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care

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);
  • one year of clinical experience relevant to the chosen specialty;
  • 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 GPA calculated by the Graduate School is less than 3.2;
Application Process

All applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system, Panthera. Select Apply Now, College of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice/DNP.  Submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • a non-refundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from all and any schools attended (regardless of how long ago it may have been). Applicants will be required
    to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted;
  • current Curriculum Vitae;
  • three (3) references;
  • 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);
  • Person interview with a faculty member may be requested;
  • evidence of English proficiency: all international applicants must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are located on the Center for International Education website.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor