Doctor of

Nursing Practice

The College of Health Sciences is pleased to offer an accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This terminal degree has two specialty tracks which build upon each student's educational and professional work experience.

Degree DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Program StartFall Quarter

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College Doctor, Nursing Practice (Online)

Duration18 months

Class Size Approximation8

The Midwestern Advantage

Midwestern University's investment in education, faculty, research, facilities, and clinical training translates into our students being "Day One Ready.”

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is an 18-month program in which students complete a standard didactic phase of coursework offered in a distance learning format, and a specialty residency track with clinical research experiences scheduled in the last three quarters of the curriculum. 

There will be two tracks:

  1. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track for advanced practice nurses who already hold certification in this area of specialty
  2. Nurse Executive track for current professional nursing leaders.

View program details in our Academic Catalog

On average, DNP degree holders earn more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they can earn between $126,480 - $187,220 per year (variance is based on region/experience and area of specialty). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 45% growth in positions through 2030.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more nurses are going back to school to earn their DNPs. Enrollment increased by over 1,000 from 2020 to 2021.

Fact Sheet: Doctor of Nursing Practice (PDF)

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, most employers and leaders in the healthcare field believe that those who hold DNPs have a larger and more diverse skill set, especially in regard to leadership, evidence-based practice, critical thinking and quality improvement.

The State of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education in 2022 (PDF)

At Midwestern University, we prioritize research to advance knowledge and offer students enhanced learning opportunities, fostering close collaboration with faculty researchers and peers on innovative projects.

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Located just 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix. Students can study and live on our sprawling 143-acre campus and practice at our University-owned clinics located just across the street.

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