Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Purdue Global's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to thrive in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. With the shrinking number of primary care providers, the nursing shortage, and the increasing complexity of patient care, the field of nursing needs clinical experts and leaders with the highest level of scientific knowledge and expertise.  

Busy advanced nurses can complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program online, allowing them to earn a valuable health care credential while continuing to work. A doctorate in nursing degree could open the door to new opportunities for clinical and leadership positions in a variety of roles.*

At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the Doctor of Nursing Practice: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia.

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CCNE Accredited

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Purdue University Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program Outcomes

Our DNP online program is designed to prepare nurses to:

  • Analyze data and scientific research to improve nursing practice
  • Provide organizational and system leadership to continuously improve quality of health care and foster interprofessional collaboration
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, and social factors in shaping and developing health policies
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Candidates enrich and deepen their specialty practice by engaging in practicums. These experiences are designed to empower students to integrate practice and theory in the delivery of complex health care within their specialty areas. Each student will be guided by a DNP Faculty Mentor who is dedicated to his or her success.

All students must earn a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practicum hours for degree completion.

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Scholarly Project

The program culminates in the successful completion of a practice-focused project that is completed over the course of several semesters. This project must demonstrate students’ ability to synthesize knowledge and develop new systems, and produce real-world outcomes in their practice settings. Students complete the scholarly project under the mentorship of a DNP Faculty Mentor.

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Sequence of Study

If you possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing, upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path you will then complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is also open to individuals who possess a master’s degree in nursing. If your master’s-level population focus differs from your chosen doctoral-level focus, consider completing one of our post-master’s certificates prior to beginning Doctor of Nursing Practice coursework.

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Program Length

The actual number of credits required for graduation may range from 48 to 60 credits depending on the number of supervised practice hours you bring into the program at the time of enrollment. Independent study options are available for those students who need additional coursework to achieve a minimum of 1,000 hours of postbaccalaureate practice as part of a supervised academic program prior to graduation. Please reference the graduation requirements for the Doctor of Nursing practice.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to prepares graduates to pursue clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety of roles including:

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse executives
  • Expert clinicians
  • Faculty
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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.


Start Date

December 05, 2018

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February 27, 2019

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May 15, 2019

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July 31, 2019

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October 16, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

The DNP program is based on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice recommended by the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing. Courses include:

  • Scientific Foundations for Practice Doctorate
  • Epidemiology and Social Determinants of Population Health
  • Ethics, Policy, and Advocacy for Population Health
  • Clinical Decision Making for Practice Doctorate
  • Transforming the Health Care Organization
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits48
  • Independent Study Credits0-12
  • Total Credits48-60

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$700.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Although certain programs at Purdue Global are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.