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Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates are in high demand as the need increases to improve health outcomes for all and care for people with complex, chronic conditions.

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About the Program

University of Minnesota DNP graduates are known for positively influencing nursing practice and health care delivery. The 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-Master's Option

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 areas: nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nursing informatics, nursing leadership or public health nursing.

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George Sakkal

Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Program plans and requirements

A list of specific courses DNP students would take for each specialty.

Length and Commitment

The post-baccalaureate 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.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Overview

DNP Overview

DNP program outcomes

DNP program outcomes

  1. Provide quality, evidence-based and culturally sensitive advanced nursing care that improves the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  2. Translate science to practice by planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions that improve the health of individuals, families, communities, populations, and/or organizations.
  3. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of nursing interventions by measuring outcomes of care that reflect population health, patient experience, and value.
  4. Lead the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of new models of Interprofessional, team-based health care delivery and ensure a mechanism to disseminate and communicate changes.
  5. Integrate advanced nursing knowledge, ethics, and advocacy skills to strategically influence leadership in practice, health , policy, and decision-making at organizational, local, regional, national, and global levels.



The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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