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Doctoral degree

Doctor of Nursing Practice

2 years

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Register by: Aug 4, 2021

Enhance your career and advance the discipline of nursing with our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This program is designed for working nurses who require a doctorate for advanced practice or nurses who desire their terminal degree. It does not prepare students for professional certification or state licensure as a nurse or as an advanced practice nurse.

  • Identify problems in healthcare and use research to develop solutions

  • Deliver high-quality advanced nursing care based in research evidence

  • Impact the delivery of healthcare to improve patient outcomes

  • Develop scholarship skills to advance the science of nursing by publishing research papers and giving presentations



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Applied Project

You’ll begin your applied project in your first course and follow a schedule of milestones throughout your program. This makes your project achievable in smaller segments and helps identify any challenges early, so there are no surprises or delays at the end.

Partner with dedicated doctoral faculty. You’ll work with your assigned Applied Project Chair throughout your program, allowing for critical feedback along the way.


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

What you'll learn

When you earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice online, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Biostatistics, epidemiology and clinical inquiry
  • Philosophy, theory and science for advanced nursing practice
  • Information systems and healthcare delivery technology
  • Policy and regulation in healthcare

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

A DNP can prepare you to be a:

  • Nursing director
  • Clinic director
  • Nurse manager
18 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2018 and 2028.


Paying for school

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is aligned with leading industry organizations, such as: 

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®)
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) 

Real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience


Chief Executive Officers

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

As I meet people, if there's something I can do to help them figure out how to get on the path that they want to get on, then I feel honored to be able to do that.”

Dr. Kimberly Long

Faculty, College of Nursing

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.