• Course Delivery
    76% 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 nursing informatics, healthcare outcomes and decision-making, clinical epidemiology and statistics, evidence-based research 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 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 37 credit hours, including a two-day intensive designed to introduce you to doctoral study, allow you to meet your peers, get your questions answered, interact with the faculty, and set your sights on your end goal.

Note: 1,000 total clinical hours are required to complete the DNP program. 525 total clinical hours are built into the DNP curriculum. As part of the application process, applicants will supply verification from the institution granting the master's degree the total number of clinical hours completed in the MS in nursing or MSN program. Applicants who did not complete at least 475 clinical hours in the master's degree will complete additional credits to earn the difference between 1,000 hours and the number of master's clinical hours documented upon admission.  

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Nursing practice core courses (24 credit hours) 
  • DNP practicum (7 credit hours)
  • Elective courses (6 credit hours) 


  • D 615Health Outcomes & Decision Making3 Credits
  • D 735Population Helath Surveillance & Management3 Credits
  • D 743Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Influencing Public Health Policy3 Credits
  • D 744Strategic Resource Management in Nursing & Health Systems3 Credits
  • D 749Leasership 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: $1000.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3000.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1000.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3000.00
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.