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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


    Drexel's accredited online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or practitioners and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes. Nurses who graduate from Drexel's DNP program are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.

    Study Tracks

    • Practitioner Track
      For students who want to remain in clinical practice post-graduation
    • Executive Track
      For students who want careers in executive nursing and health care management, but who still prefer a nursing doctorate with a connection to clinical practice

    Graduates will be able to:

    • Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings
    • Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes
    • Use advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safety
    • Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers
    • Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery

    Clinical Requirements

    A total of 500 clinical hours are required, and are built into the following courses and project:

    • NURS 830 - 125 Hours
    • NURS 835 - 125 Hours
    • DNP Project - 250 Hours

    *This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.

    **Students living in North Carolina may be admitted to the program, however cannot complete their clinical practicum requirements in the state of North Carolina. Clinicals may be completed in a neighboring state.

    **WASHINGTON RESIDENTS: Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.


    Required Courses 
    NURS 703Health Policy and Economics3.0
    NURS 706Applied Epidemiology3.0
    NURS 713Human Responses to Altered Function in Health and Illness3.0
    NURS 716Scientific Foundation of Nursing Knowledge Development3.0
    NURS 718Quantitative Methods in Clinical Nursing3.0
    NURS 719Leadership in Organizations and Systems3.0
    NURS 720Health Information Technology and Information Systems 3.0
    NURS 819Qualitative Methods in Clinical Nursing3.0
    NURS 830Doctoral Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum3.0
    NURS 835Doctoral Nursing Practice Role Practicum 3.0
    NURS 836Clinical and Applied Nursing Ethics3.0
    NURS 837Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice3.0
    NURS 840Capstone Seminar3.0
    NURS 841Capstone Advisement1.0
    NURS 891Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Executive3.0
    or NURS 892 Doctoral Nursing Special Topics for the Nurse Practitioner
    RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
    Total Credits46.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A Master's Degree in any field
      • If your Master's is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is also required
    • Previous experience as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist,) or a nurse manager/executive
    • Current United States licensure as a registered nurse

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Copies of current RN license, advanced practice nursing licensure and advanced certification documents
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • DNP program written statement, answering the following questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced:
      • Why do you want to enter the Drexel Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?
      • As a clinical nursing scholar, specifically, what clinical nursing phenomena are you most interested in and do you have a primary clinical research question in mind?
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • If you are a nurse manager/executive, please supply documentation that you have the Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NE-A) or verification that you are scheduled to take the NE-A exam 
    • The following completed forms:
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Before matriculation, accepted students must have a satisfactory physical examination and pay a non-refundable $750 deposit that will go toward the first quarter's tuition.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $845 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

    Apply today for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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