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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Educating leaders for the modern health care industry

Health care in America is changing faster than at any time in history. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program prepares nurses with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at the highest levels of nursing practice and administration. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take on organizational and systems leadership and will possess advanced clinical skills, the ability to mobilize interdisciplinary teams, to establish collaborative relationships to solve complex clinical problems and to initiate policy and programmatic changes. The doctor of nursing practice is a terminal degree in nursing that can be completed in one calendar year of full-time study or two years of part-time study in an online format.

Whether you are an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or nurse midwife) or a nurse administrator, this degree will prepare you for leadership roles in evidence- based practice and to fully implement emerging science and practice innovations in health care.


The administration option is available for master's-prepared nurses to effectively improve the safety and quality of patient care, administer health care programs and organizations and develop and implement health policy. Educator add-on courses are available for those who desire to teach in a school of nursing.

D.N.P. Administration Full-Time Plan of Study - 12 months
D.N.P. Administration Part-Time Plan of Study - 24 months
D.N.P. Administration with Additional Educator Role Concentration Options (3 options available)

Advanced Practice

The advanced practice option for master's-prepared advanced practice nurses is intended to prepare individuals at the most advanced level of nursing practice. Graduates are educated to effectively advance the management of individuals, families and the population and improve the safety and quality of patient care. Educator add-on courses are available for those who desire to teach and lead in a school of nursing.

D.N.P. Advanced Practice Full-Time Plan of Study - 12 months
D.N.P. Advanced Practice Part-Time Plan of Study - 24 months
D.N.P. Advanced Practice with Additional Educator Role Concentration Options (3 options available)

Admission Requirements & Criteria+

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Entry Month: June
NursingCAS Deadline: February 1

D.N.P. with Educator Concentration
Entry month: January
NursingCAS Deadline: September 1

Applications to the doctor of nursing practice program are made directly through NursingCAS. An instructional video and detailed information regarding NursingCAS can be found at

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Criteria

  • Doctor of nursing practice applicants should meet the following criteria:
  • Master's degree from an NLN or CCNE accredited program in the area of advanced practice or administration (applicants with unique credentials will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Master's degree cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (MAT or GRE not required)
  • A Likelive video interview submission (link to this site will be provided when NursingCAS application has been submitted)
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission to the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition. 


Doctor of Nursing Practice Application Process

The steps below outline the application process for the D.N.P. program. Applicants to the program are required to submit both an application through the nursing centralized application process (NursingCAS) as well as a supplemental application form. Before beginning these applications, it is recommended that you complete the following checklist.

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.


    Carefully read the "Before you apply, Instructions, Code of Cooperation and FAQ" section at before you get started.
  • As stated on the NursingCAS site, the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) simplifies the process of applying to nursing programs. Complete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. NursingCAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the nursing programs you designate. These sections detail critical components of the centralized application process.
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in NursingCAS.
  • Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the NursingCAS Transcript Department. NursingCAS accepts official transcripts directly sent from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by NursingCAS to verify your application.
  • Pay the initial service fee of $65 when submitting the NursingCAS application.
  • Submit evidence of current unencumbered license as a registered nurse through NursingCAS on the Professional Experience/Certifications section.
  • Include state of issuance, number and expiration date.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor; and 3) professional colleague.
  • These letters of recommendation will be submitted through NursingCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Submit your reasons for seeking the D.N.P. on NursingCAS on the Personal Statement section.
  • In one document, include a curriculum vitae or resume and a 1-2 page paper describing a clinical practice problem that you are interested in.


    This could be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problem or an area of practice in need of change that the applicant will address while in the D.N.P. program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format. In addition, the applicant must be able to identify key resources (personnel, preceptors, institutions) necessary to complete the project. Please attach this document to your application in NursingCAS before submission.
  • Other application information
  • Applications must be submitted by the posted deadlines. Admission decisions are based on GPA, recommendations and personal interview. The GRE is not required. All students are required to have a laptop with microphone and webcam accessories
  • Submit a Likelive Video


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