Doctor of Nursing Practice
Catholic University of America

Program Details

Help put better patient care into practice with the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program from The Catholic University of America. Advanced practice nurse leaders are needed from the patient room to the boardroom. Clear your path to advanced and executive roles in today's evidence-based practice environment through this online post-master's program from one of the top nursing schools in America.


  • A completed graduate nursing application.
  • A professional portfolio that includes:
    • Statement of reason(s) for seeking the DNP degree
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Copy of license (as an RN and advanced practice license, if applicable) from at least one state
    • Certification in an advanced practice specialty (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for applicants whos proposed plan of study incorporates completion of an advanced practice post-master's certificate)
    • Narrative description of current and past clinical practice
    • Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and at least one from a former employer)
    • Publications (if applicable)
  • International applicants should attach copies of all grade reports, certificates, and transcripts at the time of application in both the original language and in English translation. English proficiency and proof of funding documents must be presented to the Office of Graduate Admissions either by postal mail or in person. These documents will not be accepted through the online application.

There is a 4-credit clinical residency course that requires 360 (90 per credit) hours. Clinical hours are based upon student goals and interests. The residency is completed in four 1-credit increments.  Residency hours may be taken concurrently with project work.

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Geographic Restrictions

The University is not authorized to provide distance education in Massachusetts.