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Doctor of Nursing Practice


The DNP is a post-master’s program to prepare Nurse Practitioners who demonstrate leadership, clinical expertise and innovation in problem recognition and resolution using evidence based practice. Courses include research, translation of evidence into clinical practice, vulnerable populations, epidemiology and specialized clinical practice. The 36 credit hour program uses blended on-line, intensive/immersion and traditional classroom delivery formats.

The 36 credit hour program includes 33 semester hours of required courses and 3 semester hours of electives. The required courses (36 hours) identified for the DNP curriculum meet the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. (AACN, August 2006.) Students will select 3 semester hours of electives with the guidance of the graduate advisor to support and/or extend their clinical practice.

APPLICANTS - Please note application deadlines for the College of Nursing are different than those for the University.

  • Fall - applications are due May 1st
  • Spring - applications are due September 1st


  • Implement evidence-based health care in selected populations.       
  • Demonstrate leadership in promoting quality improvement in health care systems.        
  • Conduct clinical research to evaluate care and promote evidence-based practice.        
  • Apply the health care policy process in the promotion of evidence-based practice.     
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary care of selected populations.

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