Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Nearly 50 Year of Impacting Healthcare World-Wide

With almost 50 years of impacting healthcare around the world, the Andrews University Department of Nursing continues with stellar preparation of nurses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The conceptual framework upon which all curricula are based is “Restoration to the Image of God”.

The First Seventh-Day Adventist University to Move Students from a Bachelors to a DNP

The Department of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with an emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner. Andrews is the first Seventh-day Adventist nursing program to offer a program allowing students to move directly from a Bachelor of Science track to the DNP; this preparation will provide Advanced Practice Nurses for mission fields far and near

Our department offers the DNP program to address the ever changing needs of our society. The program has three tracks:

  1. BSN-DNP is the option for nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing who want to be an advanced practice nurse. This clinical doctorate option is 65 credits.

  2. MSN-DNP is the option for nurses with a master's degree in nursing without an advanced practice focus. This clinical doctorate option is 56 credits.

  3. APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)-DNP is the option for master's-prepared Advanced Practice RNs (APRN) to complete their clinical doctorate. This option is 40 credits.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the general admission requirements in the Graduate Admissions section of the University bulletin, certain departmental requirements schould be noted:

  1. Must meet standard admission requirements for the graduate school at Andrews University

  2. 3.25 GPA at admission and matriculated to 3.5 at graduation

  3.  Students with no clinical experience must work while in school to gain clinical experience in their  first year of school.

  4. Three letters of recommendation from supervisor, doctoral prepared faculty, professional colleague with at least a MS

  5. Portfolio which contains your resume, a three-page essay about how you have promoted nursing in the past, and goals and objectives for the future using your graduate education; and a statement regarding the type of capstone project you would be interested in doing

  6. Must be able to speak and present work in English

  7. Undergraduate degree from a nursing program accredited by ACEN or CCNE  in the U.S. or whatever accrediting organization that exists within their country

  8. Pre-requisites for BS-DNP—Must have undergraduate statistics, research, health assessment andpathophysiology; Prerequisites for MS-DNP—Must have graduate level statistics and research

  9. National criminal background check

  10. Immunization and physical exam records

  11. Drug screen

  12. Copy of RN License; Must have RN License and APRN-DNP applicants must have Certifications of Advanced Practice (if applicable)

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To Apply

Contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management at 855-428-4723 or 269-471-6321 or email

For More Information:

Contact the Department of Nursing at 800-877-2863 or 269-471-3312 or email