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DNP Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Systems-Level Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online doctoral degree program with a specialty area in Systems-Level Leadership that can be completed in 18 months. To complete the program in 18 months, students enroll in two 3-credit courses each term for six consecutive terms. A second option allows students to enroll in one 3-credit course each term and complete the program in 36 months. The program prepares students to lead healthcare organizations.

Program Highlights:

  • All courses are offered online
  • Access to courses 24/7
  • Four terms per year
  • No physical campus visits required
  • Full-time Program – 18 months
  • Part-time Program – 36 months
  • Up to 9 doctoral level credits may be transferred toward the DNP
  • High-quality, affordable DNP program

The 36-credit program focuses on the improvement of evidence-based outcomes using theoretical knowledge and systems-level initiatives to advance nurses to the highest level of nursing practice. The program prepares nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology.

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About the DNP Program



Estimated Cost of Degree:


Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $798 per credit
  • $298 graduation audit fee

Excludes books or other fees
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Courses Entirely Online

Transfer Credits:

Up to 9 doctoral level credits

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