• Course Delivery
    80% to 99% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Nursing Practice, DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nurse leaders in executive practice set the vision for nursing practice to improve the quality of care, including delivering safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed for nurses involved in any advanced-practice role, including, but not limited to, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, public health practitioner, nurse executive, nurse informatician, nurse educator, and health policy analyst.

The IU Online Doctor of Nursing Practice explores coursework in advanced leadership in complex systems, clinical decision making, population health management, evidence-based practice and translation, public health policy, and more. All of your courses use online forums that allow you, your course mates, and your instructors to interact. You and your peers provide feedback to one another, and your instructors respond to comments and facilitate discussions. Some courses also use synchronous videoconferencing to enhance interaction.

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

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

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the DNP, you must complete a minimum of 37 credit hours. Additionally, there will be three required in-person intensives, including the DNP intensive, which is held on the IUPUI campus in the summer prior to DNP program entry. The remaining in-person intensives will include 2-3 consecutive days in Spring 1, and 2-3 consecutive days in Spring 2. These intensives are designed to introduce you to advanced leadership, allow you to meet your peers, collaborate on intensive immersion projects, and more.

Note: 1,000 total clinical hours are required to complete the DNP program. Students may apply up to 475 clinical hours from prior completed graduate coursework towards the 1000 required clinical hours for the DNP. The remaining 525 clinical hours are achieved through the DNP Project. An MSN Clinical Hours Verification form will need to be completed by your MSN program at the time of application. Students with a gap in clinical hours will complete additional DNP credits to achieve 1000 total clinical hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

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


  • D 615Health Outcomes & Decision Making3 Credits
  • D 735Population Health Surveillance & Management3 Credits
  • D 743Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Influencing Public Health Policy3 Credits
  • D 744Strategic Resource Management in Nursing & Health Systems3 Credits
  • D 749Leadership Immersion Experience - I1 Credits
  • D 749Leadership Immersion Experience - II1 Credits
  • D 749At Student Option (ASO)2 Credits
  • D 749Integrative Experience - I2 Credits
  • D 749Integrative Experience - II2 Credits
  • D 749 (ASO)At-Student Option Immersion Project1-3 Credits
  • D 751Relationship-Centered Leadership in Complex Systems3 Credits
  • J 692Analytical Thinking for Evidence Based Practice3 Credits
  • J 692Evidence-Based Practice Intensive2 Credits
  • L 650Data Analysis for Clinical & Administrative Decision Making3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

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
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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