Doctor of Nursing Practice

CUW’s online post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree provides students the leadership skills needed for the highest level of nursing practice.

Program Highlights

  • Multidisciplinary faculty provide expertise in assisting students in translating evidence, developing leadership skills, and gaining the competencies expected for the DNP degree.
  • Accelerated, eight-week, online classes meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Cohort format that is completed in 18 months.
  • Courses are built on a Christian foundation.

Degree Details

Credit Hours Required: 38

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the DNP program is competitive. All applicants will be evaluated according to the following:

  • A cumulative 3.5 GPA from previous MSN coursework (those applicants with a 3.25-3.49 cumulative GPA from MSN coursework will be considered on a probationary status);
  • MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing;
  • Current certification as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or registered nurse anesthetist) or as an advanced nurse administrator.
  • Graduate-level statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics taken within the last five years and achieving a grade of B or higher.

Admission Process

  • Application form available at
  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae describing nursing experience and education and the applicant's progression in advanced practice or leadership positions.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues familiar with advanced practice nursing or leadership competence. References should address the applicant's potential for success in the DNP Program.  
  • All official transcripts that led to undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Documentation of number of supervised clinical hours completed in the MSN program. This documentation must be on the school/university letterhead.
  • Admission essay.
  • Admission Interview.
  • The priority deadline is March 1 for the cohort beginning the following July, but applications may still be accepted until the beginning of the cohort.


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.

We are not accepting new students from Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, Montana and Oklahoma.


The DNP curriculum includes coursework focusing on biostatistics and population health, translational scholarship, evidence based practice, informatics, health care policy, managerial communication, and leadership. See our course offerings.

The program has three components:

  1. Coursework that provides the knowledge and skills needed to meet the DNP competencies.
  2. Practica requirements providing experiential learning. Students work with a preceptor or mentor to develop leadership skills and advance area(s) of interest. Students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours inclusive of supervised master’s practica experiences (for example, if students completed 600 supervised hours as part their MSN practica, 400 hours would be necessary in the DNP Program).
  3. The DNP Project where students apply knowledge and skills to an integrative, transformational experience, resulting in a poster presentation and a written paper, under the guidance of a faculty chairperson and agency mentor.

Please contact our graduate admissions staff for more information.