Nursing is a time-honored tradition that many feel is their calling. As such, those students that intend to take up nursing as a profession are always looking to improve their knowledge base and up their certifications. A DNP, or Doctor of Nursing Practice, is just one way that practicing nurses can gain higher certification in order to better serve those they work with and the patients that they treat.
Nurses with a DNP certification can expect to make upwards of $70,000 per year and may make more depending on where they are employed. As a DNP, nurses will take part in more of the research and leadership side of nursing, perhaps leading a nursing unit or supervising a group of nurses. The employment outlook for DNP nurses is high as nearly all nursing environments need a nurse with a bit more experience or qualification to help guide those incoming nurses in their daily tasks.
If you are currently a practicing nurse you may be interested in becoming a DNP to help further your own career, help those around you, and take part in the leadership side of nursing a bit more.
Duke University is a college that is synonymous with quality and highly-esteemed degrees. Duke University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to applicants that meet the minimum requirements which include a prior degree in nursing with an exceptional GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must also be a currently licensed nurse in the state where they practice and must also pass an interview. Students are able to continue working at their current place of employment while attending the program with several classes offered online so that you can continue working.
Johns Hopkins is one of the first schools that one thinks about when speaking about medicine and medical education. Applicants must currently be RNs and provide proof of licensure in their area and must have a college GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students have the option to attend online classes so that they can continue to work while they obtain their degrees.
The University of Washington is a university synonymous with quality and offers a state of the art DNP program with 53 full-time faculty members. The program requires that you are a licensed and practicing nurse with a 3.0 college GPA or higher.
Rush University is a college that allows students to continue to work while they obtain their DNP. They offer both online and in-person classes. They have 83 full-time faculty members and the program requires that you are a practicing nurse with a college GPA that is above and beyond.
Case Western Reserve offers an unparalleled DNP program through the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Students must have an outstanding GPA and be a currently licensed nurse. They offer a 96 person full-time staff and a fantastic program.
The University of Alabama-Birmingham is a fantastic school that offers a wide range of technologies and classes that help prepare DNP students for a lifetime of success. In order for an applicant to be accepted, they must currently be a practicing nurse with a BSN degree. They must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 as well as at least a 297 on the GRE and a score of 410 on the MAT and a 480 on the GMAT.
The University offers a wide range of options for students including different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students. The application deadline for the school of nursing is May 1. Students must be currently licensed nurses with an outstanding GPA.
Emory University offers the award-winning Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a wide and varied learning base for students. Students must apply by March 15 and must have an outstanding academic record. The school has a full-time staff of 85.
The University of Maryland offers a comprehensive program that allows students to take classes in person and online and provides a unique program that is truly amazing. They have a total staff of 131 in the nursing school.
Yale is a name that is synonymous with high-quality education and very competitive admission rates. The DNP program is no different. Yale has 32 full-time nursing employees to help the very selective DNP class succeed.
The University of Illinois is a public university that offers an opportunity for students to continue working while they obtain their degree and has a 97 person full-time staff. They also offer in-state discounts for students.
Vanderbilt hospital is one of the premier hospitals in the country. As such, their DNP program is highly competitive and sought after. Vanderbilt offers a hands-on experience that allows students to truly succeed.
The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has a full-time nursing school staff of 86 with a very limited nursing school enrollment for a great student-to-teacher ratio. This is a public university that offers a fantastic DNP program.
This is a private school that offers the Rory Meyers College of Nursing. There are 75 full-time staff members and the program offers a unique mix of in-person and online content as well as unique residency that allows students to work together.
Rutgers offers a program that allows students to continue practicing and allows students to either choose the traditional program or a weekend model that only requires they meet on one long weekend per month.
The University of Iowa offers a great program that allows students to continue working and obtain their degrees at the same time. They offer a range of different DNP programs to fit the needs of students.
The University of Utah offers a unique opportunity for students to really further their education. The program requires that you be a current nurse in good standing with a good GPA.
Students that wish to be accepted to Columbia University’s program will be required to turn in both regular essays and a video essay as well as already having a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The University of Virginia offers a wide range of program options with both full-time and part-time programs as well as online and in-person content. They also offer a variety of specific DNP tracks that students can follow. Students should have at least 2 years of RN experience before applying to the program.
Students that want to obtain their DNP at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor must have a current BSN or be pursuant. They must also have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework.
The Medical University of South Carolina is dedicated to medical pursuits entirely so it offers students the chance to truly excel and become real medical professionals.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is dedicated to providing nursing students that are already nurses or that have already obtained their BSN or MSN degree a chance to obtain their DNP. The core classes are offered online with specialty classes being offers on campus.
George Washington University is a private college that offers both full-time and part-time DNP programs. Content is delivered both online and in-person.
The University of Kentucky offers fantastic medical programs and even has a teaching hospital that students can complete their clinical rotations at.
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is perfect for those that want flexibility and high-quality education. They offer both a post-baccalaureate DNP and a post-Masters DNP.
Ohio State offers a scholarship for clinical students and also offers an education that is focused on leadership and helping students to attain the highest level that they can.
Indiana University is a research school that offers specialized education for students. They offer a wide range of nursing programs and also offer both part-time and full-time enrollment for the DNP program.
The Catholic University of America is a pontifical college that is the only college in the U.S. that was founded by American bishops. They offer three research areas for their DNP program and offer a wide range of learning opportunities.
The University of Wisconsin offers a blended program that takes between three to five years to complete depending on the level of education that you already have. The University of Wisconsin is globally ranked and offers a wide range of options and learning outcomes for students.
The Oregon Health and Science University owns and operates two hospitals and offers a wide range of nursing programs. The program stresses both practical and theoretical work and allows students plenty of opportunities to partake in scholarships and research opportunities.
University of Missouri Kansas City is a public research hospital that has over 16k students. It is organized into a dozen smaller schools including the school of nursing. They offer the option of both online and in-person study for your convenience so you can continue working if you are an already working nurse.
Loyola is a private Catholic school and is one of the largest in the country. They offer both clinical practicums along with theory and allow students the chance to personalize their program to fit their particular needs.
The Anschutz Medical campus at the University of Colorado is the site of both a large teaching hospital for hands-on learning as well as a children’s hospital. They offer a DNP degree that makes sure to focus on both practical and theoretical work and a broad base of education to draw from.
Classes at the University of Rochester will include evidence-based practice, research methodology, as well as direct care of clients and more. They offer a great deal of guidance and learning opportunities.
The University of Florida offers a program that allows both full-time and part-time students and also helps to transition both BSN and MSN students to a DNP. The focus of the program is evidence-based practice and helps to prepare students with advanced skills.
Georgetown is a private college that has a large nursing class, perfect for those that may not want to deal with the competition of smaller schools. It offers both part-time and full-time options and works to make sure that students are prepared for leadership roles in a DNP position.
Villanova is a private college that offers both online and in-person classes and offers part-time and full-time program options. Those that attend can expect evidence-based teaching and plenty of research opportunities.
The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences is a public university that’s free but is also very competitive to those that want to attend. The school has very small graduate class sizes and a very competitive admissions process.
Waye State University works to provide students with a well-rounded education that is focused on scholarly participation. They offer participants ongoing evaluation for further improvement.
The University of Miami offers both a BSN to DNP and an MSN to DNP program as well as many other doctorate programs. They also have several different tracks including one-year programs and 2-year programs.
George Mason University is a public university that offers a wide range of learning opportunities and offers both full-time and part-time options. Content is delivered in-person and online to fit the needs of the students.
The University of Portland is a private school that has a very competitive program that allows under 30 people each time. This means that you have to have very good qualifications and very good grades to make it into the program.
The University of San Diego has a larger nursing program than some other universities which means you may have a better chance of getting into this program. They offer part-time and full-time study options and a few different tracks including BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP.
The University of Kansas is a public college that offers evidence-based teaching and a variety of different learning outcomes. They offer both BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP.
The University of Massachusetts – Amherst is a public college that offers students the chance to pursue a BSN to DNP and an MSN to DNP. They offer part-time and full-time course loads.
Baylor University has a very limited program that has less than 50 spots so acceptance is very difficult. You must be a practicing nurse with licensure and a good college GPA for your undergraduate work.
Azusa Pacific University offers a low resident format that allows nurses to continue working while they obtain their degree.
The University of Arizona offers a unique opportunity with both full-time and part-time positions available as well as only once a year residency requirements.
Clarion University offers an online degree program that is great for students that want to continue to work while they obtain their degree. The program is designed to prepare APN practitioners to enter the DNP program.
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