Doctor of Nursing Practice (interactive online)—DNP

The DNP program prepares professional nurses to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality and safety in the health care field. This doctoral degree increases the knowledge and clinical skills needed to deliver compassionate and accountable comprehensive practices necessary to meet the growing societal need for expert clinicians. A DNP nurse professional impacts the healthcare system by providing a high quality nursing care practices and patient diagnosis within culturally diverse environments.
This degree offers a clinically focused doctorate with an emphasis in advanced practice to registered nurses with a Bachelors or a Master’s degree in nursing.

Program length

  • Track 1: From Bachelor’s degree in nursing to DNP – 65 Credits/8 semesters/3 years. Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Track 2: From Master’s degree in nursing to DNP – 56 credits/7 semester/2+ years. Registered nurses with a master’s degree and without Advance Practice nurse certification (APRN).
  • Track 3: APRN to DNP– 40 credits/5 semester/1 & 2/3 years. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) with a master’s degree in nursing.

Application Deadlines

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program only admits new students for Fall Semester.

Prospective students must submit their applications by July 31.

Academic requirements

  • Registered Nursing License or Governmental Document to practice as Registered Nurse
  • APRN certification for track 3 students
  • Baccalaureate or Master’s degree in nursing: From an NLNAC or CCNE or ACEN accredited school, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA: Minimum 3.25 GPA. The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • Previous or current work experience

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Prerequisites

  • Track 1: From Bachelor’s degree in nursing to DNP. Undergraduate level courses in statistics, research, health assessment and pathophysiology.
  • Track 2: From Master’s degree in nursing to DNP. Graduate level course in statistics and research.
  • Track 3: APRN to DNP. Hold a national certification as Advanced Practice RN or APRN.

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts from educational institutions in the U.S.
    • Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution in the U.S. must upload unofficial transcripts directly in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official final transcripts will be required after admission decision.
  • Transcripts from educational institutions from outside of the U.S.
    • Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. must provide a WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation. The WES evaluation converts educational credentials from any country in the world into their U.S. equivalents. You can learn more about how to apply for a WES ICAP evaluation by watching the tutorial video created by WES.

      An unofficial copy of the WES ICAP may be uploaded in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official WES ICAP will be required after admission decision.

      Prospective students holding academic degrees from universities accredited by Adventist Accredited Association (AAA) are not required to submit WES ICAP and may upload original language and literal English translation unofficial transcripts in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official final transcripts will be required after admission decision.
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals within your field as described below. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
    • Employer or supervisor who can address clinical competence
    • Faculty member with a doctoral degree who can address academic competence and scholarly potential
    • Professional colleague holding at least a master’s degree in nursing.
  • Resume: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 1000-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; and what you hope to accomplish professionally following the completion of your degree. Be sure to include the capstone scholarly project you are interested.
  • RN licensure: Current licensure in the United States or equivalent accreditation in country of residence.
  • APRN certification (only for track 3 students) in the United States or equivalent accreditation in country of residence.
  • Criminal Background For more instructions to complete this requirement click here.
  • Check Health Status. The Department of Nursing at Andrews University will provide instructions and send materials to applicants to complete this requirement.
  • Drug Screen. Applicants are expected to complete the test on their own and send a copy of the results at graduate@andrews.edu
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

Additional requirements for international students

In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Get Help

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