Doctor of Nursing Practice

University of Minnesota DNP graduates are known for positively influencing nursing practice and health care delivery. Our DNP graduates are in high demand as the need increases to improve health outcomes and care for people with complex, chronic conditions.

Nurse and patient

Two paths to completing the DNP degree

Post-Baccalaureate DNP

The post-baccalaureate DNP program is for registered nurses who have an entry level degree in nursing such as a BSN or professional master’s entry-level nursing degree and are interested in significantly expanding their scope of responsibility and their impact.

Post-Baccalaureate DNP students choose from these 12 specialty areas

Length and commitment
The post-baccalaureate option of the DNP program is a three-year, full-time program. All DNP students are required to come to campus for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) each semester that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with their advisor. Other requirements vary by specialty.

Post-Master’s DNP

The post-master’s DNP program is designed for nurses who have a master’s degree from a fully accredited institution in one of the following APRN specialties (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist), or nursing informatics, nursing leadership and public health nursing are invited to pursue the post-master's route.

Nurses who have a generalist or have a nursing education master's degrees are not qualified for admission into the post-master’s DNP option. These applicants may consider the post-baccalaureate DNP option, which provides opportunity to petition for substitution of applicable graduate coursework for some courses.

Length and commitment: 1-year, mostly online
The post-master’s DNP program is a three-semester (or one full year) program delivered almost entirely online. Students are required to come to campus once each semester for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday).

The doctor of nursing practice program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Clinical Requirements

DNP Overview

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George Sakkal, Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

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Jenni Glad Timmons

Meet Jenni Glad Timmons, a DNP graduate of our Health Innovation and Leadership program.