Online DNP Degree Program

Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level

Program Overview

Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chamberlain provides you the knowledge and confidence to help transform healthcare where you have the power to influence it the most.

You’ll benefit from a practice-focused curriculum that puts knowledge into action and is taught by accomplished and attentive faculty and professional nursing leaders.

This program is appropriate for all RN's who hold a masters degree or higher.

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DNP at a glance:

  • Lead practice change
  • Advance expertise in a variety of topics
  • Lead healthcare services that result in quality improvement and increased patient safety
  • Care for vulnerable, culturally diverse populations
  • Be a mentor and role model to other nurses aspiring to lead and change healthcare

What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master’s degree designed to prepare registered nurses for the highest level of professional nursing practice. With a DNP, you will be prepared to work in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare delivery settings, paving the way for healthcare services that result in quality improvement and increased patient safety.

What is the difference between a DNP and PhD?

A DNP can help advance your career on the clinical/practice side, while a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing focuses on teaching and research.

What can I do with a DNP?

A DNP prepares you for a wide range of roles in a variety of healthcare settings. To learn more call 877.751.5783 to speak to a representative or request more information.

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Curriculum

What will I learn?

Chamberlain’s DNP curriculum is designed to help you develop and advance your practice to new levels. Didactic coursework leads into a four-part project and practicum designed to teach you to research, develop and implement practice change solutions.

Practice-Focused Curriculum

Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track is designed for registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing, and requires completion of 32 to 40 credit hours and a total of 1,024 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. You can expect to complete two courses per semester over a total of six semesters.

Chamberlain provides the opportunity to enroll in preparatory coursework to prepare students for admission to the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program. While the DNP program is designed for registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing, registered nurses with a master’s degrees in fields other than nursing must transfer in or complete at least five Chamberlain courses (15 credits) prior to being admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.


Healthcare Systems Leadership Specialty Track

  • Support resources designed for doctoral students
  • Complete in as few as two years
  • Beneficial for RNs
  • Learn from professional nursing leaders

Call 877.751.5783 to speak to a representative or request more information.

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Admissions

How do I get in?

Admission Requirements

  • Current, active, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the student’s state of residence. A registered nurse with a Nurse Licensure Compact license must reside in a state that is included in the Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • A degree in nursing at the master’s level or higher with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)* or
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a degree in a discipline other than nursing at the master’s level or higher with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)*.
  • Successful completion of the following courses satisfied through transfer credit, a Chamberlain portfolio** or coursework completed at Chamberlain, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0:
  • NR-500: Foundational Concepts and Applications, NR-501: Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice, NR-505: Advanced Research Methods: Evidence-Based Practice, NR-512: Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics, NR-506: Healthcare Policy
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN***.

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Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call 877.751.5783 to speak to a representative or request more information.

* Chamberlain reserves the right to admit candidates with equivalent educational qualifications, from institutions outside the U.S. that are not recognized by the Department of Education or CHEA, as determined by an independent transcript evaluation.

** Chamberlain provides qualified DNP Preparatory applicants and students with the opportunity to receive course waivers through completion of a Chamberlain portfolio. To complete the Chamberlain portfolio process for NR-500, NR-501, NR-505, NR-512 and/or NR-506, applicants or students must successfully document and provide sufficient evidence, to reflect attainment of each course outcome. Faculty will assess each course portfolio submitted to determine if attainment is achieved for each course outcome. In order to receive a course waiver, evidence of all course outcomes must be met. Students interested in this portfolio process should contact their student support advisor immediately upon admission for more details.

*** Chamberlain reserves the right to admit candidates with nurse licensure from countries outside the U.S. that are not affiliated with NCSBN but where equivalent standards can be demonstrated. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis according to the general academic principles of integrity outlined by the Academic Standards committee.

The 7 Best Reasons to Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice This Year

We sat down with recent Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alum Charlene Seale, DNP, RN, to discuss her Chamberlain experience. Read more to see her top seven reasons for pursuing a DNP from Chamberlain.

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If it were easy, everyone would do it. Go the extra mile to become an even more extraordinary nurse!

Charlene Seale

DNP, RN

Tuition & Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?

DNP Degree Program Costs

Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.

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Financial Aid Options

Chamberlain’s DNP degree program can help prepare you for expanded roles within your organization. Chamberlain proudly partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges, associations and organizations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses.

See if your institution has partnered with Chamberlain, which may provide you with a group-specific tuition rate. We also offer a scholarship to DAISY Honoree Award recipients.


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Our admissions representatives can help you find out what financial options are available to you.

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Accreditation

Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation.

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