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Doctoral degree

Doctor of Nursing Practice

2 years

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Register by: Feb 2, 2022

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. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Integrate scientific underpinnings and advocacy to advance nursing practice and improve the health care environment.
  • Employ leadership strategies to improve health care outcomes.
  • Translate scientific evidence and innovations to improve population health status and care outcomes.
  • Demonstrate advanced practice judgment, systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering and evaluating evidence based practice to improve health outcomes.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

A DNP can prepare you to be a:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operating officer
  • Chief nursing executive officer
  • Vice president, patient services
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.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.


Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.


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

I definitely understand how difficult it is for students who have a family. I try to make my classes as “un-stressful” as possible.

Beverly Jensen

2020 Faculty of the Year


While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.