Nurse leaders improve quality of care. This includes delivering safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed for nurses who want to practice at an advanced level to improve health outcomes. Develop the skills and competencies required to be a leader in complex clinical practice settings. Built with you in mind, our DNP program features a carefully sequenced and integrated curriculum that is designed to deliver the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to propel your career to the next level. You'll succeed with the support of your peers as you progress on either a full time or part time plan of study.
The IU Online Doctor of Nursing Practice program coursework focuses on advanced leadership in complex systems, clinical decision making, population health management, evidence-based practice and translation, public health policy, and more. Our program is designed around your busy schedule. You will learn from your peers, faculty, and national and local nursing educators and leaders via a mix of distance-accessible coursework, and synchronous video-conference class times. Additionally, you will experience two on-campus intensives during the program. Staying together as a cohort throughout the program ties you together in professional partnerships that often continue to grow well beyond your graduation.
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 four 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)
- MSN & DNP Dual Degree Track (67 total credit hours; both degrees awarded)
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
- D 709: Executive Leadership Practicum (1 credit) - OR - Population Health Practicum (1 credit)
- D 750: DNP Project Planning (1-2 credits)
- D 760: DNP Project Implementation (2-4 credits)
- D 770: DNP Project Evaluation & Dissemination (3-4 credits)
Advanced Clinical track
Students in the DNP Advanced Clinical track will take courses D708 Population Health Practicum (1 credit) and D660 Improving Population Health: Application of Evidence for Individual-Level Behavior Change (3 credits) in lieu of D709 and D744 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.
MSN & DNP Dual Degree track
Students in the MSN & DNP Dual Degree track are admitted to the MSN Leadership track, and complete 42 total credit hours in the MSN, which includes 12 credit hours of DNP courses that are applied to both degrees: D615, D650, D743, and I640 (DNP elective). Upon successful completion of the MSN, students progress into a 25 total credit DNP plan of study.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
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
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
MSN & DNP Dual Degree track: a Bachelor of Science of Nursing from an NLNAC, ACEN, or CCNE accredited program
Current, unencumbered RN license
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. This is required for the Post-MSN tracks, and the MBA or MHA to DNP track.
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.
This course may be substituted with D 660: Improving Population Health: Application of Evidence for Individual-Level Behavior Change (3 credits)
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $700.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2100.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $700.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2100.00
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