Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), Post-Baccalaureate

In Short

  • Clinical doctorate track designed for nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing
  • Two specialties available:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Apply for part-time or full-time study
  • An official, competitive G.R.E. score is required for admission to the D.N.P. program
  • Alternate plans of study available for nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree

Program description
The post-baccalaureate D.N.P. track allows students with a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing to enter directly into a clinical doctorate program—the new national standard for advanced practice nursing. The D.N.P. curriculum prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment. Our post-baccalaureate D.N.P. program is offered in two advanced practice specialty tracks: family nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner.

Students in this program will earn a M.S.N. degree or certificate along the way. This will allow them to take the required certification exams, become licensed as nurse practitioners, and begin working in the role before completing the remaining courses and clinical hours for the D.N.P. degree.

Students interested in only the M.S.N. nurse practitioner track may apply directly to the M.S.N. program.  Students with an M.S.N. degree in a non-NP specialty may apply directly to the post-master's graduate nurse practitioner certificate program.

Christopher Blackwell is the coordinator for the family and adult/gerontology nurse practitioner program.


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The D.N.P. follows a national trend toward clinical doctorates in other fields, including pharmacy, physical therapy and audiology. To learn more about the national trend for advanced practice nursing, please visit