The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Kaplan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
Kaplan University’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, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia.
Our DNP online program is designed to prepare nurses to:
Candidates enrich and deepen their specialty practice by engaging in practice experiences. 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 practice hours for degree completion.
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.
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.
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.
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
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†:
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:
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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
†Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Although certain programs at Kaplan University 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 Kaplan University 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.