Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares nurse leaders to improve health outcomes at the highest level of clinical practice.

Quick facts:

  • Credits:  37
  • Program length:  Six consecutive semesters
  • Clinical hour requirement:  336 hours
  • Executive format-two courses per semester:
    • One intensive week-long class and
    • One weekday class, meeting five or six times per semester

Application due date

Currently accepting applications

Scholarly projects

Evidence-based practice projects implemented by DNP students

Why a DNP Degree?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing explains the DNP role:


Meet the Program Director

Kimberly Fenstermacher, PhD, CRNP

As Director of Graduate Programs in Nursing, Dr. Fenstermacher's commitment to excellence in graduate education is richly informed by her 20 years of clinical practice, and her research and leadership experience. She fosters professional development and helps students thrive amidst the rigor of graduate nursing education.