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.
Two paths to completing the DNP degree
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
- Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Health Innovation and Leadership
- Integrative Health and Healing
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Midwifery
- Nursing Informatics
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
- Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
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.
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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