Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program

Designed for Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Program Overview

Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chamberlain gives you more than the credential. It provides 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 faculty and professional nursing leaders.

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

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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.

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Faculty Support

Faculty provide guidance and support from your first course and throughout your project and practicum experience.

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Advance Your Practice

Learn to identify, research, design and implement a practice or system change project.

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Four-Part Practicum Experience

Complete the customized practicum experience in your area of practice and interest at a location of your choice.

Practice-Focused Curriculum

Chamberlain’s DNP curriculum is grounded in eight essentials outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing document, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials).1 Input from key constituencies, and several national documents and data are also incorporated into the program. These include, but are not limited to, the Institute of Medicine, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses and other national initiatives focusing on change and transformation to promote patient safety, nurse vitality and quality care outcomes in a culturally diverse society.

Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track is designed for registered nurses and advanced practice 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.

1. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials.pdf

Healthcare Systems Leadership Specialty Track

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

DNP Curriculum

DNP Project & Practicum I
DNP Project & Practicum II
DNP Project & Practicum III
DNP Project & Practicum IV
Fiscal Analysis and Project Management
Application of Analytic Methods II

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Can I do this?

DNP Course and Resource FAQs

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Classes begin every 8 weeks.

Admissions representatives can answer your questions, tell you more about financial aid and scholarships, and discuss with you how this option might fit into your life. Request more information or call 877.751.5783.

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Admissions

How do I get in?

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The DNP program enrolls new students six times per year. The college looks for candidates with the following qualifications for the DNP online degree program:

  • A degree in nursing at the master’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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  • 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, 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

    Additional Admission Requirements

    • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the College.
    • Minimum CGPA of 3.0 from the master’s level or higher degree in nursing.
    • Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language, and applicants whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English-language proficiency.*

    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.

    *Degrees obtained from non-U.S. schools will be considered based on evaluation of transcripts by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) approved evaluating agency.

    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.

    • DNP – Effective September 2017

      Effective September 2017
      Requirement
      Expense
      Application Fee
      $60
      DNP Tuition
      $750 per credit hour
      Background Check/Drug Screening
      $150
      Student Services
      $600 per session
      Course Resource Fee
      $50 per course
      Military Rate
      $635 per credit hour
      Alumni Rate
      $635 per credit hour
      Books & Supplies
      $150 per session
    • DNP – Effective May 2017

      Effective May 2017
      Requirement
      Expense
      Application Fee
      $60
      DNP Tuition
      $750 per credit hour
      Background Check/Drug Screening
      $150
      Student Services
      $600 per session
      Course Resource Fee
      $50 per course
      Military Rate
      $635 per credit hour
      Alumni Rate
      $635 per credit hour
      Books & Supplies
      $150 per session

    Costs subject to change each session and vary by individual circumstances.

    *Military rate is defined as active duty, veterans, retired military, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs employees and spouses of active duty/veteran/retired military.


    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.

    At this time, Chamberlain College of Nursing cannot accept inquiries from the states of North Carolina, Washington, Washington D.C. or the territory of Puerto Rico for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track.

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    Accreditation & Approvals by State

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