Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

One nationally ranked degree, two pathways to get there. The Purdue University West Lafayette campus offers two ways to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Both the post BSN-DNP and the Master's Degree-DNP pathways offer innovative curricula and exciting practice opportunities.

"Working with multidisciplinary teams gave me experience I can apply in the real world."
— Recent DNP graduate

The DNP program is uniquely situated to provide leadership in solving complex clinical problems through partnerships with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the Purdue University Homeland Security Institute, and the Center on Aging and the Life Course.

The programs of study center on knowledge and skill building in the areas of scholarly practice, practice improvement, innovation and testing of care delivery models, evaluation of health outcomes, health policy, leadership in healthcare delivery and quality improvement, and clinical expertise for advanced nursing education.

The post BSN-DNP program simultaneously incorporates the AACN thematic areas of Graduate Nursing Core, Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN) Core, Specialty Core and the AACN, DNP Essentials with completion of at least 1000 post BSN clinical hours.

The post Master's-DNP program allows students to transfer up to 40 credits from an accredited master's program. APRNs are required to take up to 38 credits in the DNP program with a total of 704 residency hours in addition to the APRN hours to equal the 1000 hours that are mandated. Non-APRNs will complete a total of 1069 residency hours.

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