Doctor of Nursing Practice

What is a DNP?

A nurse practitioner doctorate, such as Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) guides advance-practice nurses and nurse leaders in applying current research to practice or system challenges to achieve a positive impact. This is different from PhD nursing programs where nurses conduct new research adding to the body of academic theory and nursing knowledge. If you are practice-focused, then a DNP is for you.

Hear DNP Nursing students Amber and Christina
explain why they chose GCU.

A DNP designed around you

Our 100 percent online program consists of 12, eight-week courses with curriculum aligned to AACN essentials for DNP nursing. You will not have to leave your practice or organization to attend one or more residencies. Rather, through peer discussion and scholarly, in-depth application-based activities, you will integrate and synthesize didactic learning into your current or desired future practice environment.

These practice immersion activities are designed to help you meet your personal and professional goals while attaining the knowledge and skills appropriate for DNP nursing competency.  For example, if you are interested in health policy, you may spend time at the legislature interviewing health policy leaders or serve on education committees to enhance legislators' understanding of key health care issues. Additionally, you will identify an organizational change leadership topic or health practice that will become the basis of your Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) project. This evidence-based research project is completed during the last three scheduled courses in your doctor of nursing practice program.

*Up to 500 practice immersion hours can be transferred in with appropriate documentation in transcript
**Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) project contingent upon approval by Institutional Review Board committee

DNP Program Info Session

Join us for an information session on our DNP Program. Next webinar coming soon!

DNP Program Features

  • 100% online nurse practitioner doctorate with no residency or campus visits required
  • 36 credits and 1,000 practice immersion hours*
  • Complete in approximately two years
  • Vibrant online learning community that facilitates collaboration and connection among scholars and faculty
  • DPI project focused on a clinical practice or organizational leadership initiative of your choice**
  • 24/7 access to an extensive online nursing and doctoral library and research services
  • Placement assistance available for clinical and practice sites
  • Competitive tuition and fees

Call 855-428-3932 or complete the request more information form above.