Doctor of Nursing Practice
Duke University

Program Details

The DNP degree program offered by Duke University equips students with the skills and knowledge required to assess published evidence in order to inform practices and improve systems of care that will influence patient outcomes. This program aims to teach students the best practices concerning changes that enhance the quality of care in a health care environment or setting, as well as leadership skills in health care and competencies related to advanced specialty practices.


  • Earned master's in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE or NLNAC program or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a health related profession
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable)
  • GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume or CV
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur
  • Graduate research methods and inferential statistics course(s)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency and personal character
  • Personal statement
  • Telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process
  • Requires a comprehensive two-day on-campus orientation
  • Also there will be four executive on-campus sessions (two to three days per session; October, February, June, October)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges