Doctor of Nursing Practice

Elevate Your Best Practices with a DNP

The practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced-practice nurses and MSN-degreed nurse leaders to translate existing research into innovative solutions that improve health care outcomes and promote change leadership in organizations.

Improve Health Care through Research and Leadership

Through rigorous curriculum and peer discussion, Doctor of Nursing Practice scholars expand current theoretical and scientific foundations of health care practice. The DNP program can turn your research into solutions toward positive change within fast-changing health care systems. Acquire a discipline knowledge base, design and evaluate clinical solutions and apply both clinical and organizational change leadership within:

  • Health care information technology
  • Emerging areas of human health
  • Applied science in advanced nursing
  • Translation of research into practice
  • Population management
  • Data analysis
  • Patient outcomes and sustainable change
  • Leadership for advanced nursing practice

Throughout the DNP program, scholars are immersed in practice activities that provide greater depth and application to learning. 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.

You will identify an organizational change leadership topic or health practice that will become the basis of your Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) project. Completed during the final three courses of your doctoral program, the DPI project is conducted around a topic or issue of your choice as one of the final requirements toward completing the DNP program.

Available 100 percent online for convenience and flexibility, you can continue to practice or work for your organization while earning your doctorate in nursing. Enjoy 24/7 access to an extensive library and research services, peer discussions, and scholarly-yet-practical activities. Campus visits and residency are not required but you’re welcome to our Phoenix campus anytime you wish and have the same access to all campus resources and support systems.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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