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Earn the highest practice degree for nurses with our APRN to DNP online program.

Take the Next Step in Advanced Practice Nursing

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Nebraska Methodist College allows a registered nurse (RN) who has earned certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to pursue a practice-focused doctorate degree.

A graduate attains the level of knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient and population based care to individuals in rural and urban communities. A nurse who graduates with the Doctor of Nursing Practice from Nebraska Methodist College will have the earned the highest practice-oriented degree for nursing.

The program requires a minimum of 34 credit hours, of which a minimum of nine credit hours (540 clock hours) are dedicated to clinical practice.

The actual number of required credit hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis for students transferring in prior graduate credits. A minimum of 28 credit hours must be completed at Nebraska Methodist College for the DNP degree to be awarded.

Program Highlights

  • The DNP curriculum builds upon knowledge from the student's previous BSN and MSN education, specifically in leadership, healthcare policy, innovation and practice change.
  • The program concludes with the nurse completing an evidence-based capstone project centered on the application and assessment of a healthcare topic in a community or patient practice.
  • Our faculty enhance learning with their broad experiences in advanced clinical practice, leadership and education.
  • Graduates will be prepared to develop, implement, assess and advance new practice approaches for healthcare delivery.
  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification examination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the new DNP program at Nebraska Methodist College.

Professional Organizations


The 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 in the 2015-16 academic year.