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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The complex state of healthcare in the U.S. today is rapidly changing.  There is a high demand for qualified nurse practitioners who are well prepared to take on the challenges of critical and emerging healthcare needs.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Nebraska Methodist College prepares nurses who want to expand their leadership and practice expertise to improve and promote the wellbeing of patients within their community.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an evidence-based, terminal practice degree designed to advance nursing practice at the community level.  The DNP curriculum prepares nurses to become a family nurse practitioners (APRN-FNP) with the scientific knowledge, practice expertise and leadership skills needed to evaluate, advocate, integrate and apply clinical prevention and population health initiatives that improve patient care and outcomes.

DNP candidates complete 75 credit hours in the program, which integrates clinical education and analytical methods into evidence-based practice.  Students will acquire the necessary skills to:

  • Organize practice using both theoretical and scientific underpinnings
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership aimed at quality improvement and systems thinking
  • Evaluate information systems, technologies and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of healthcare
  • Assess healthcare policies in relation to advocacy in healthcare
  • Collaborate inter-professionally toward improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Apply the principles of clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health
  • Advance nursing practice at the community level
  • Sit for certification as an APRN-FNP through the American Nursing Credentialing Commission and for licensure as an APRN in the state in which he/she practices. 

DNP Program Advantages at NMC

  • Online coursework with on-campus orientation and two, three-day summer sessions at the end of the first and second years of the program
  • Extensive faculty experience in clinical practice nursing, systems leadership, and community practice
  • Courses are divided into 5-week blocks, with some courses comprised of one, two or three blocks
  • Elective courses in  rural health, education and community health planning

Pathways to a DNP Degree


CCNA accreditedThe BSN and MSN degrees in nursing at Nebraska Methodist College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, Phone: 202-887-6791. The Nebraska Methodist College DNP program is designed to meet the recommendations of the American Association of Nursing (AACN) as defined within the The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials - AACN, 2006).  The DNP will be eligible for CCNE accreditation after one year of student enrollment in the program.

DNP Salary & Job Outlook

Salaries for nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree vary widely in the U.S. and are based upon many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. Advance Practice Nurses (APN) overall are in demand with a faster than average projected job growth of 20% - 28% until 2020.  A survey conducted by Advance Healthcare Network indicates the average annual salary in 2012 for DNP registered nurses is $97,452.

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