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Nursing Practice, DNP

The IU Online Doctor of Nursing in Nursing Practice program prepares you to take on an advanced role in your healthcare facility and develop the skills to be a leader in a complex clinical setting. This flexible doctorate program is built with you in mind and delivers the skills, abilities, and knowledge you need to advance your career.

Course Delivery: 80-99% Online

Total Credits: 37

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $728

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $728

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the Nursing Practice, DNP degree program, you’ll focus on developing leadership skills, clinical decision-making, population health management, evidence-based practice, and public health policy. Your cohort ties the program together, as you’ll learn from your peers and work together as part of two on-campus intensives during the program.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Post-MSN Executive Leadership track and Post-MSN Advanced Clinical track: a Master of Science in Nursing (MS in Nursing or MSN) from an NLNAC, ACEN, or CCNE-accredited program
  3. MBA or MHA to DNP Transition track: a Bachelor of Science of Nursing from an NLNAC, ACEN, or CCNE accredited program, and an MBA or MHA from an AACSB or CEPH accredited program
  4. Current, unencumbered RN license
  5. Completion of a three-credit hour, graduate-level statistics course from an accredited four-year university with a grade of 80% (3.0) or better. This is not required to apply, but must be completed prior to beginning the DNP program.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts for all post-secondary coursework completed
  • Three professional and/or academic references
  • Personal statement (two to three pages, double-spaced)
  • Resume or CV
  • An example of scholarly writing indicating capacity for original scholarship, demonstrated by reports, published and unpublished articles, or a thesis
  • Copy of your current, unencumbered RN license 
  • Documentation of masters clinical hours completed (Post-MSN tracks only) 

Qualified applicants are invited to a formal admission interview with DNP faculty.

Your IU Online DNP degree prepares you to assume leadership positions in nursing and healthcare, in such careers as:

  • Director of nursing 
  • Chief nurse officer 
  • Nursing administrator 
  • Nurse manager 
  • Hospital nurse executive 
  • Clinic nurse executive 
  • Clinical nurse faculty 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice features three unique program tracks designed to meet your educational experience and career needs:

  • Post-MSN Executive Leadership Track (minimum of 37 total credit hours)
  • Post-MSN Advanced Clinical Track (minimum of 37 total credit hours)
  • MBA or MHA to DNP Transition Option (50 total credit hours)

Total credit hours vary by program track. To graduate with the DNP degree, you must complete a minimum of 37 credit hours of DNP core coursework. 

1,000 total clinical hours are required to complete the DNP program. Students may apply up to 500 clinical hours from prior completed graduate nursing coursework towards the 1000 required clinical hours for the DNP. The remaining 500 clinical hours are achieved through the DNP Project. An MSN Clinical Hours Verification form will be completed by your MSN program at the time of application for Post-MSN track applicants. Students with a gap in clinical hours will complete additional DNP Project credits to achieve 1000 total clinical hours.

Requirements for the DNP Executive Leadership core curriculum are as follows: 

  • Nursing practice core courses (27 credit hours) 
  • DNP Practicum / DNP Project courses (7-11 total variable credit hours) (see below) 
  • Elective courses (3 credit hours)

DNP Practicum / DNP Project courses

  • NURS-D 709: Executive Leadership Practicum (1 credit) - OR - Population Health Practicum (1 credit)
  • NURS-D 750: DNP Project Planning (1-2 credits)
  • NURS-D 760: DNP Project Implementation (2-4 credits)
  • NURS-D 770: DNP Project Evaluation & Dissemination (3-4 credits) 

Advanced Clinical track

Students in the DNP Advanced Clinical track will take courses NURS-D 708 Population Health Practicum (1 credit) and NURS-D 660 Improving Population Health: Application of Evidence for Individual-Level Behavior Change (3 credits) in lieu of NURS-D 709 and NURS-D 744 respectively. 

MBA or MHA to DNP Transition option

Students in the MBA or MHA to DNP Transition option will complete 12 credit hours of MSN Leadership bridge coursework (including 225 clinical hours) prior to starting the DNP core curriculum.

Core Classes for the DNP in Nursing Practice
Course Number Course Name Credits
NURS-D 615 Performance Improvement & Patient Safety in Health Systems 3 Credits
NURS-D 650 Data Analysis for Clinical & Administrative Decision Making 3 Credits
NURS-D 680 Improving Population Health: Application of Evidence for Individual-Level Behavior Change 3 Credits
NURS-D 710 Analytical Thinking for Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
NURS-D 721 Advanced Leadership in Complex Systems 3 Credits
NURS-D 722 Theoretical Basis of Project Implementation and Ealuation 3 Credits
NURS-D 735 Population Health Surveillance & Management 3 Credits
NURS-D 743 Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Influencing Public Health Policy 3 Credits
NURS-D 744 Strategic Resource Leadership in Nursing & Health Systems 3 Credits
NURS-D 748 Leading Interprofessional Teams and Collaborative Practice Environments 3 Credits

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