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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Drexel's accredited online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or practitioners and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes. Nurses who graduate from Drexel's DNP program are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings
    • Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes
    • Use advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safety
    • Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers
    • Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery

    Clinical Requirements

    A total of 500 clinical hours are required, and are built into the following courses and project:

    • NURS 830 - 125 hours
    • NURS 835 - 125 hours
    • NURS 838 - 50 hours
    • NURS 842 - 75 hours
    • NURS 843 - 125 hours

    In-Person Experiential Elements

    • Virtual DNP Orientation – First Day of the Fall Academic Term (Required)
      Designed as an introduction to begin your academic journey, students entering the Drexel's DNP program meet in a virtual venue on the first day of the fall academic term. The required DNP Orientation is an interactive day abundant in resources, information, and an opportunity to become acquainted with the Drexel team and fellow DNP-student colleagues.
      *2021 Program Entry: Fall DNP Orientation September 20, 2021
    • Global Engagement – Spring Quarter of your Second Year
      (Due to COVID-19, this trip has been postponed until further notice.)

      The DNP program prepares future advanced practice nursing leaders to respond to current and future global healthcare needs in diverse settings. Global opportunities are transformational, strengthening the leadership role DNP scholars are prepared for. At Drexel University, the option of global engagement experiences are available to students.

      An exciting opportunity in Drexel’s DNP program encompasses a one-week global experience at the birthplace of evidence-based practice. Conducted at a host university in another country, the scholar may elect to participate in a unique educational and cultural experience designed to gain global perspectives on health care. Upon completion, students are awarded practice hours towards the required number of clinical practicum hours in the program. For a global immersion trip, the student must satisfy requirements for U.S. citizenship (i.e. valid U.S. passport, NEXUS card) to enter a host country.

      Students in the DNP Program are assessed student fees for 8 academic quarters, which includes a Global Immersion experience in Canada. However, should you opt out, you will be assessed student fees for only the first 4 academic quarters. During the DNP Orientation in September, you will receive information about the trip to help inform your decision.

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    College of Nursing and Health Professions Program Team

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses
    NURS 703 Health Policy and Economics 3.0
    NURS 706 Applied Epidemiology 3.0
    NURS 714 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Nursing Inquiry 3.0
    NURS 716 Scientific Foundation of Nursing Knowledge Development 3.0
    NURS 718 Quantitative Methods in Clinical Nursing 3.0
    NURS 720 Health Information Technology and Information Systems 3.0
    NURS 722 Leadership in Organizations and Systems 3.0
    NURS 830 Doctoral Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum 3.0
    NURS 835 Doctoral Nursing Practice Role Practicum 3.0
    NURS 836 Clinical and Applied Nursing Ethics 3.0
    NURS 837 Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice 3.0
    NURS 838 Doctoral Nursing Global Perspectives 3.0
    NURS 842 DNP Project Seminar I 3.0
    NURS 843 DNP Project Seminar II 3.0
    RSCH 519 Introduction to Biostatistics 3.0
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A Master's Degree in one of the following:
      • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      • Master’s Degree in Health-Related Field
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • If your Master's degree is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is also required
    • A graduate-level Research Methods course (grade B or higher)
    • Current United States licensure as a registered nurse

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Current U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure
    • Advanced practice nursing licensure and certification documents
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who hold a graduate degree (doctoral prepared highly preferred). Sources may be from academic, employer, or professional colleagues and attest to academic ability and professional competency.
    • Personal statement/essay integrating responses to the following questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced:
      • What is your area of interest (e.g. clinical practice, education, administration/nurse executive) and how will you apply the DNP to your practice area?
      • Identify a clinical problem or nursing process of interest you would like to develop for your practice-focused DNP project in a health care practice or system. Discuss why it is a problem and how it relates to the DNP project in which you are interested. Explain how you aim to use the evidence-based practice project to improve processes or health outcomes.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
      • You must identify your title and include a description of this role
    • Licensure/Certification
      • Current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse (RN)
      • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Candidates
        • Submit U.S. licensure and certification documentation for one of the following certification(s):
          • Certified Nurse Practitioner
          • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
          • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
          • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
      • Nurse Managers/Executives Candidates
        • Submit certification documentation for one of the following certification(s) or verification that you are scheduled to take one of these exams:
          • American Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NEA)
          • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive (NE)
          • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
          • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1041 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
    • All Global Immersion Trip costs are included in this program’s quarterly fees

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 11, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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