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


  • 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


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.


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.