Doctor of Nursing Practice, Online
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.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is an 18-month (56 quarter credits) online program that focuses on conducting an individualized quality improvement project in areas of student interest and passion.
The DNP offers two tracks: 1) Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track for advanced practice nurses who already hold certification in this area of specialty, and 2) a Nurse Executive track.
DNP graduates are required to demonstrate specific foundational and concentration-related competencies encompassing the A.A.C.N. Essentials.
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To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
- Completion of a Master’s degree in nursing, granted by an accredited U.S. college or university.
- Current and unencumbered licensure to practice as a registered nurse in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States and its territory.
- A preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
*Admissions to the DNP/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track also requires students to hold a current and unencumbered advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) certificate issued by their respective State Board of Nursing, and a current and unencumbered national Board certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) issued by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The College of Health Sciences is pleased to offer an accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Our online degree program can help you make a difference in your profession, whether you want to teach, take part in medical research opportunities, obtain a leadership position or increase your salary.
This terminal degree has two specialty tracks which build upon each student's educational and professional work experience:
- The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track is for master's prepared nurse practitioners who are nationally certified within this specialty area.
- The Nurse Executive track is for master's prepared nurse leaders.
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.
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 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Midwestern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; phone: 202-887-6791.
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Growth Projected through 2030
*According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2022.
Annual Salary Range
Salary range is $126,480 - $187,220. Variance is based on region, area of specialty (e.g., advanced practice or chief nursing officer), and/or experience (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023).