The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a practice-focused doctoral program designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. The focus is heavily on clinical practice, one that is "innovative and evidenced-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings." Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in nursing/health care, with the ultimate goal of improving health care and the health status of people.

A total of 34-37 credits (which may include up to 6 transfer credits for prior coursework in the area) are required for the post-master's D.N.P. degree. A post-baccalaureate D.N.P. entails 71-89 credits, depending on the clinical specialty chosen.


  • 34-37 credits for post-master’s D.N.P. degree
  • Completion of an Evidence-Based Practice Project demonstrating the candidate’s critical thinking and research abilities