Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The complex state of healthcare in the U.S. is rapidly changing.  There is a high demand for qualified advanced practice nurses who will take on the challenges of critical and emerging healthcare needs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Nebraska Methodist College is an evidence-based, terminal practice degree designed to prepare nurses who want to expand their leadership and practice expertise at the patient and/or community levels.



Multiple Academic Pathways

BSN to DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner >

This DNP track provides nursing professionals with the advanced practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to implement highly skilled care to persons across the lifespan. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for Family Nurse Practitioner certification.

BSN to DNP - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner >

This DNP track specializes in preparing individuals to diagnose and manage a wide range of medical conditions in patients across the lifespan, from adolescence through adulthood. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification.

BSN to DNP - Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist >

This DNP track will teach individuals to evaluate, advocate, integrate and apply forward-thinking treatment options and preventive healthcare initiatives. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification.


This DNP track accommodates those individuals who already have their APRN certification but want to earn their terminal degree in nursing.  The two-year program provides advanced practice nurses with the theory and skills to expand their leadership into population-based health.

MS to DNP - Public Health Policy >

The DNP in public health policy track is open to nurses with a BSN who have also achieved a Master's degree in a related field such as nursing or public health. The plan of study focuses on influencing and transforming health policy at a systems level.  Graduates are eligible for certification in advanced public health nursing.

What to Expect from NMC

DNP Program Outcomes at NMC

The DNP programs at Nebraska Methodist College integrate 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

DNP Program Advantages at NMC

  • Online coursework with on-campus orientation and additional three-day summer intensives.
  • 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