Doctor of Nursing Practice
Degree Program

Designed for Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered
Nurses with a Master's Level Degree

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

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What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master’s degree designed to prepare registered nurses and advanced practice 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, including:

  • Nurse Midwives
  • Nurse Practitioners

* Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

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 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.


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

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Admissions

How do I get in?

Admission Requirements

  • 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).
  • Or 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.

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

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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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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.

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