The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program provides a professional practice doctorate in nursing that is designed for applicants to matriculate at two entry points: post baccalaureate or post master’s degree with a major in nursing. The degree prepares you for a career with a focus on one of the following advanced professional practice specialties:

Community Behavior

Direct Practice



The sequence of courses provides the DNP graduate with the skills to assume leadership in meeting the healthcare needs of clients in a variety of settings; the program has an emphasis on the care of vulnerable populations.

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice is competitive; only a limited number of applicants will be admitted to the program. DNP applications are due by May 1st every year. Apply by visiting the Apply Online page of this website.

Approval to grant the degree was granted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in December, 2007. Approval for the Doctor of Nursing Practice has also been awarded by the Higher Learning Commission.

2024 DNP Fact Sheet


Nancy McMullen2

"Our nursing students typically are nontraditional, juggling job and family responsibilities on top of school—and they work hard and collaborate with faculty to achieve their career goals. Upon graduation, our nursing students are prepared at to advance in their profession and provide excellent nursing care to local, regional, national, and international communities."

-Nancy MacMullen, Chair and Director of the Department of Nursing

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<b>DNP Admission Requirements</b>

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