Program Overview

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is available in three tracks: adult gerontology acute care (AG-ACNP), adult gerontology primary care (AG-PCNP), or family nurse practitioner (FNP). Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing may apply with no prior work experience. For those pursuing the AG-ACNP track with no prior work experience, work experience in an acute care setting is required within the first year of the program.

To Start, You Need:

  • A BSN degree from a nationally accredited (NLN or CCNE) institution; the most competitive candidates will have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • A recent statistics course
  • Unencumbered RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in the state where clinical course work hours will be completed

Finishing Will Take: 

  • 12 semesters over four years 
    • Includes four summer terms
  • 77 credits 
  • 1,000 supervised clinical practicum hours
  • A capstone practice innovation project, which includes a scholarly paper and oral defense

You Can Begin Your Degree In:

​You Will Take Classes:

  • Online
  • During one weekend visit to campus each semester

Where This Degree Can Take You:

  • Into the healthcare field as a qualified nurse practitioner, providing patient care or leading others in the profession at the institutional level
  • Into the educational field to teach others the knowledge and skills needed to enter into nursing

Program Outcomes (What You Will Learn):

  • Demonstrate communication and collaboration skills within intra-professional and inter-professional teams to create change in health care and complex health care delivery systems.
  • Synthesize and apply scientific evidence for the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical interventions for advanced nursing practice
  • Provide advanced evidence-based clinical care within a collaborative, cultural and spiritual context for individuals, families and/or populations
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health systems, population health initiatives, and evidence-based health policy initiatives through collaboration with other health professionals and stakeholders
  • Apply business and entrepreneurial strategies for meaningful quality improvement and efficient use of resources within health care environments
  • Demonstrate leadership in the use of current and emerging health and data analytic technologies to evaluate and improve outcomes in health care delivery and organizational systems.

Technology You Will Need Includes:

  • Access to a computer with the following recommended hardware specifications: 
    • Windows
      • One of the following: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, Windows 7 Professional Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, or Windows Vista Business Edition
      • One of the following: 1.5GHz Pentium M processor or better, an Intel Core Duo/Core 2 Duo processor, or an Intel Core i5/i7 processor
      • 2GB RAM or more
      • 80GB hard drive or larger
    • Mac
      • Mac OS X version 10.6 or later
      • Intel Core Duo/Core 2 Duo processor (includes older MacBooks and MacBook Pros) or an Intel Core i5/i7 processor (includes current MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros)
      • 2GB RAM or more
      • 80GB hard drive or larger
  • A high-speed Internet connection
  • Microsoft Office, covered by the Microsoft Campus Agreement
  • A webcam
  • A headset with a microphone
  • Additional requirements as determined by your professor