Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
1.5 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Online DNP Program Overview

This is your time. Meet the ongoing call for nurses with DNPs. Earn your next degree and be ready to perform at the very highest level of nursing.

  • Add a terminal degree to your existing RN and MSN credentials to stay competitive in the rapidly changing health care environment.
  • Complete your courses online while balancing the demands of your nursing career.
  • Prepare to practice in clinical and leadership roles with a focus on improving patient and health care system outcomes.
  • Learn from expert DNP faculty — 100% are doctorally prepared and many have decades of nursing experience. They bring real-world knowledge to the classroom and understand what it takes to succeed in the field.

Gain the Expertise That Employers Need

  • 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 societal factors in shaping and developing health policies.

Scholarly Project

Complete a practice-focused final project over the course of four terms. Work under the mentorship of a DNP consultant and in collaboration with a mentor at clinical site.

Practice Experience

Integrate practice and theory in the delivery of complex health care within your specialty area. You’ll need to complete a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practice hours to graduate — independent study options are available if you need additional coursework to meet the required hours.

View Program Detail Plan and Policies

Note: At this time, residents of the following states and territories may not enroll in this program: Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Guam, and Virgin Islands. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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CCNE Accredited

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

DAISY Foundation Accredited logo

Purdue Global School of Nursing proudly partners with The DAISY Foundation to recognize and celebrate extraordinary nursing students.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

Students with a bachelor's degree will need to enroll in the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path to earn a master's degree before continuing on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

A master's degree with an upper-level major in nursing and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a program accredited by CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA is required. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your master's degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Additional requirements apply. Refer to the program-specific policy page in the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

The number of credits required for graduation may range from 48 to 57 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 students who need additional coursework to achieve a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practice hours as part of a supervised academic program prior to graduation.

Sample Courses

  • 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 Credits
Elective Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

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

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and, 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

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Career Opportunities

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. The Doctor of Nursing Practice online program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety of roles.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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Prepare yourself for success with a doctoral degree in nursing practice.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


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Faculty members who hold a doctorate


Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Demand for Nurses With DNPs: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Fact Sheet: The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and NONPF, Reaffirming the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree: Entry to Nurse Practitioner Practice by 2025,

Jobs—Advanced Practice RN Nursing Roles: This program was not designed for initial certification and licensure for advanced practice registered nurse roles. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information.