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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program available through Creighton University's College of Nursing creates strong leaders in nursing.

Designed for practicality and practice, the coursework for this program is offered online. You’ll gain advanced scientific knowledge and practical, hands-on skills to succeed in more advanced roles in healthcare.

How earning a DNP from Creighton sets you apart

Nurses who possess a comprehensive set of skills are in high demand because they help ensure the best outcomes for patients. That demand continues to grow, and nurses who have earned a DNP have access to a greater number of opportunities, including those in private practice, hospitals and universities.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice indicates that you’ve not only expanded your knowledge of patient care, but that you’ve also advanced your skills in communication, leadership and critical thinking. Creighton University’s nursing programs are recognized for developing highly skilled, compassionate nurses, making our graduates in high demand.

You’ll have the necessary skills to be able to address, prevent and resolve ethical dilemmas and situations using moral reasoning and values-based dialogue that you strengthened while in the program. These highly sought skills are an essential part of your Creighton education, and they position you for success in a variety of practice environments, including schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities and more.

Advance your nursing career at your own pace

The online DNP program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to your own interests and goals. You can complete the majority of your DNP degree online, although you will be required to make some visits to campus. You’ll be able to choose from multiple DNP tracks, and the coursework that supplements your clinical experience can be completed online. Earning your DNP online makes it easier to fit into a busy schedule—you can complete your coursework when it works for you.

CLINICAL SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION HAS A NEW NAME

The name change from Clinical Systems Administration to Nursing Administration and Leadership was implemented to more accurately describe the nursing leadership programs offered at Creighton University. In addition, the name change provides clarity for prospective students looking for an advanced nursing leadership program.

Program At A Glance

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
May 1

FOR JANUARY ENROLLMENT
October 1

FOR MAY ENROLLMENT
October 1

Requirements

  • Possess a BSN from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited college or university
  • Active, unencumbered RN license with NE eligibility
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum of 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience (prior to clinical courses only). Hours vary based on track.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course with C (2.0) or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor/employer
  • Personal statement
  • $50 application fee

PROGRAM DETAILS

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The DNP program is designed to prepare nurses who:

  • Integrate nursing science with theories and knowledge from interdisciplinary sciences to advance the health of people and quality of advanced nursing practice.
  • Adapt organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
  • Translate, evaluate, and disseminate evidence in to practice.
  • Select, use, and evaluate information technology systems to monitor and improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Engage in policy analysis, formulation, implementation, and advocacy activities to improve healthcare locally, regionally, nationally, and /or globally.
  • Lead interprofessional teams in the evaluation of complex issues to create change in healthcare delivery systems and health care outcomes.
  • Evaluate appropriate methods and models in partnership with families, individuals, groups, communities, and providers to improve health, prevent disease, and address gaps in population-based health care.
  • Formulate a professional practice model using advanced and specialized knowledge and skills in the specialty role.
  • Formulate a professional framework integrating reflective practice that facilitates ethical reasoning, cultural humility, and advocacy anchored in social justice.

BSN to DNP

Specializations and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks

Through Creighton’s Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) plans of study, you’ll learn to manage the care of individuals and families in specialized areas, including advanced health promotion, diagnostics, medication and therapeutic treatment.

To help you enhance your skills in specific practice areas, our DNP program offers these focused APRN tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner — Graduates who complete the Adult Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner — Manage the care of individuals in acute care settings. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology ACNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). View the course requirements of this track.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner — Manage care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families. Graduates who complete the Family NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). View the course requirements of this track.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Care for newborns in level III neonatal intensive care units. Graduates who complete the Neonatal NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). View the course requirements of this track.
  • Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (Dual) — Manage the care of pediatric patients across the entire continuum of health from wellness to critical care. Graduates who complete the Pediatric Dual track program are eligible to take the primary and acute care national certification exams through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB). View the course requirements of this track.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Across the Lifespan — Manage care throughout the lifespan of diverse populations and practice within a variety of acute and primary care settings. Graduates who complete Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). View the course requirements of this track.

For students who aim to make an impact in policy analysis, formulation, implementation or other areas in the health care delivery system, our Nurse Administration and Leadership Track provides the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. This focus area includes:

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Creighton University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

State Regulatory Requirements

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, we are unable to accept or enroll students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a DNP: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**

** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply.
This information will be updated as state regulatory requirements change.
For all other states not listed above, regulations vary depending on the program and/or individual situation. Please contact Creighton University College of Nursing at 402.280.3492 for questions regarding a specific state.

Post-Graduate to DNP

The Post-Graduate to DNP program is designed for current APRN nurses, as well as those with an MSN in Administration, who are prepared at the graduate level and are wanting to earn their DNP degree. Applicants who are MSN prepared, but are not currently an APRN, will need to complete a BSN to DNP curriculum in order to complete all required course content for a Nurse Practitioner track.

Creighton University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who work to ensure student success.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a BSN from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license with Nebraska eligibility
  • Professional nursing work experience required prior to clinical courses:
    • Family NP and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP – minimum 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience in direct patient care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Across the Lifespan NP – minimum 2,000 hours of direct patient care in psychiatric mental health
    • Neonatal NP – minimum 4,000 hours of direct care in level III or IV NICU
    • Pediatric Acute and Primary Care NP – minimum 2,000 hours of direct care in pediatrics
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
    • Must include verification of clinical/practicum hours completed in master’s or certificate program
  • Submit three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer, who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Submit a personal statement speaking to your long- and short-term goals
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course (or equivalent) with C (2.0) or higher 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated course-by-course by a NACES approved credentialing agency. A list of approved agencies can be found here. Official evaluations must be sent directly from the agency to Creighton University.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Specifically for Nursing Students

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have. 

 

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

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DUAL DEGREE OPTION

Creighton University offers a dual degree program to graduate students who are interested in earning their DNP and Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution simultaneously.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

As a Creighton College of Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. See some of the student organizations and service opportunities available to you.

State Licensure Requirements and Certification Eligibility

Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board. 

Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates who complete the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Graduates who complete the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Graduates who complete the Pediatric Dual track DNP program are eligible to take the primary and acute care national certification exams through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB). View the course requirements of this track.

Graduates who complete the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

All of the above national certification credentialing agencies are accepted in all 50 states as the initial step in seeking licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Tuition & Financial Aid

We’re ready to help you apply for federal aid, find scholarships and more. Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

Funding Your Education