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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.

    Upon graduation, you 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
    • NURS 838 - 125 hours
    • NURS 840 - 125 hours

    In-Person Experiential Elements

    • OrientationSeptember of your First Term
      Designed as an introduction to the program and an opportunity to explore your DNP project topic, you will meet your peers, advisors, and the faculty while orienting yourself to the program.
    • Global Immersion – Spring Quarter of your Second Year 
      You will participate in a global immersion experience in Canada. This week-long event provides a global perspective that will position you for success in your future DNP role.
    • ResidencyGraduation Week
      This event allows you to present your DNP project, reflect with your colleagues and faculty, and walk for graduation. 

    For questions, please contact an Academic Advisor:

    Last Name A-H
    Amanda Freiberg

    Last Name I-P
    Katie Leonelli

    Last Name Q-Z
    Brian Anderson

    *The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
    *State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    NURS 703Health Policy and Economics3.0
    NURS 706Applied Epidemiology3.0
    NURS 713Human Responses to Altered Function in Health and Illness3.0
    NURS 714Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Nursing Inquiry3.0
    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 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 840DNP Project Seminar3.0
    NURS 841DNP Project Advisement1.0
    NURS T880Doctoral Nursing Global Perspective (NURS 838)3.0
    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 Completing Your Application 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
      • Nurse Managers/Executives - Recommenders must be your supervisors or former faculty and have a graduate or doctoral degree. Co-worker recommendations will not be accepted
    • Personal statement/essay integrating responses to the following questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced:
      • What is your area of interest (clinical practice, education, administration/nurse executive etc.) and how will you apply the DNP to your practice area?
      • Identify a clinical problem or nursing process of interest you would like to develop for your practice-focused DNP project in a health care practice or system. Discuss why it is a problem and how it relates to the DNP project in which you are interested. Explain how you aim to use the evidence-based practice project to improve processes or health outcomes.
    • Current curriculum vitae
      • Nurse Managers/Executives - You must identify your title and include a description of this role
    • Advanced Practice Nurses - Submit documentation that you have one of the following certifications:
      • Advanced Practice Certification (CNP, CNM, CRNA, or CNS)
    • Nurse Managers/Executives - Submit documentation that you have one of the following certifications or verification that you are scheduled to take one of these exams:
      • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NEA)
      • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive (NE)
      • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
      • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
    • 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 2017-2018 is $953 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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