Program Overview

The online DNP degree program prepares advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to assume leadership roles in health care delivery systems. The curriculum is practice-focused, emphasizes evidence-based practice and applied research, addresses the most contemporary aspects of expert clinical practice, and offers in-depth knowledge in leadership and health care systems design and evaluation. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The DNP program is in candidacy with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


    • M.S.N., M.S. or higher from an accredited institution
    • Unencumbered A.P.R.N. license
    • Current certification in area of practice
    • One year experience as an A.P.R.N.
    • Health and safety
    • GPA of 3.0 (cumulative Master’s or higher)
    • Official TOEFEL score (Minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFEL Internet-based test, minimum of 250 total score computer-based TOEFEL or minimum of 600 total score on the paper-based TOEFEL required)
    • Transcripts from graduate coursework
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Sample of formal scholarly paper (thesis, project or paper)
    • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals
    • Essay (500 word statement of educational goals to include evidence of potential dissertation/residence project)
    • Completed application and related fees
    • Interview (face-to-face or via video conferencing)


    Clarkson College is currently authorized to offer online education in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. In addition, Clarkson College is able to offer limited online programs in Massachusetts.

    School Overview

    Clarkson College was established in 1888 as the first training school for nurses in Nebraska named the Bishop Clarkson Memorial School of Nursing. The school added three- and four-year degrees throughout the 20th century and became Clarkson College in 1981. Today the college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in healthcare fields, as well as professional certificates. 



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