Doctor of Nursing Practice

About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) is a credential that will take your career to the next level and make you a leader in the nursing profession. Whether you currently hold a bachelor's or a master's degree, we have degree paths to accommodate you as you earn your D.N.P.

Our online D.N.P. program delivers the outstanding curriculum for which our nursing school is known, with the added convenience of being able to work at your own pace. Our preceptor coordinator is available to help with your internship and clinical placements by leveraging our existing partnerships with local health organizations. We even have dedicated scholarship funds for students in our program.

The NIU School of Nursing has received many honors, including the Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing Award and a ranking in the top 10 percent nationally by best-nursing-colleges.com. We are proud that Presidential Teaching Professor Jeanette Rossetti is among our ranks, and that 95 percent of our graduates report securing a job within one year after graduation.

Program Mode of Delivery

The coursework for these programs is 100% online. Clinicals must be done in person.

Curriculum

As a practice-oriented degree, your coursework will focus on addressing the issues and needs of diverse client populations and healthcare systems through evidence-based practices. When you earn your degree, you’ll be ready for an advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner. You'll also be eligible to sit for national certification if you're not already certified.

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

When applying to NIU, the academic department has some specific steps to follow.

Faculty

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Blended B.S. to D.N.P. and online M.S. to D.N.P.
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing
Credits Required:  
B.S. to D.N.P.: 76 credits
M.S. to D.N.P.: 35 credits
Cost per Credit: $720 ( Learn more about tuition and fees)

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Deadline Priority
Consideration
Fall July 15 February 15
Spring December 1 October 1

For international students living abroad

Deadline Priority
Consideration
Fall May 1 February 15
Spring October 1 October 1

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