Doctor of Nursing Practice

CUW’s online DNP degree provides students the Christian leadership skills needed for the highest level of nursing practice.

Program Highlights

  • Choose between two tracks: Direct Care APN and Indirect Care Leadership
  • Multidisciplinary faculty provide expertise in research and teaching
  • Practicing clinical faculty are certified in advanced practice nursing or leadership
  • Accelerated, eight-week, online classes meet the needs of working professionals
  • DNP cohort format allows students to complete the program in 18 months
  • The program meets the AACN’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Courses are built on a Christian foundation

Degree Details

Credit hours required:

  • Direct Care – Provider track: 36-38 credits
  • Indirect Care – Leadership track: 38 credits

Concentrations

  • Direct Care - Provider Track
  • Indirect Care - Leadership Track

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is competitive. All applicants will be evaluated according to the following:

  • A MSN degree from an accredited nursing school
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA from previous college coursework
  • Current board certification in a Family, Pediatric, Adult or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specialty (for DNP – Direct Care track)
  • Current certification, MSN prepared – Educators or Administrators (for DNP – Leadership)
  • Unencumbered RN license and Advanced Practice Nurse license in state of residence (DNP – Direct Care track)
  • Basic graduate-level statistics course within the last five years
  • Master’s thesis or scholarly project completed

Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Curriculum

CUW’s DNP curriculum builds on master’s level courses in theoretical foundations, research methods, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, pharmacology, and a clinical area of concentration; with the integration of the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout all course offerings.

The program has three components:

  1. Coursework that provides the knowledge and skills needed for the role of the DNP
  2. Clinical residency that provides “hands on” work with a preceptor in the student’s area of interest
  3. The capstone project where students apply their knowledge and skills to an in-depth, integrative practice experience, resulting in an oral presentation and a written paper

Please contact our graduate admissions staff for more information.