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Doctor of Nursing Practice
Earn your DNP in as few as 6 semesters
Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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How do I get in?
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.
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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What types of financial assistance are available?
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.
View tuition and expenses information for the DNP degree program.
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.
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.
See accreditation and state authorization information or view a full list of program approvals by state.