Program Overview

The online Doctor of Nursing is focused on providing a nursing education that develops and advances along with the continually changing healthcare system. The school’s program prepares nurses to have an advanced education as clinicians and to be leaders in the diverse healthcare systems.

This program aims to educate nurses to be prepared to take upon advanced practice roles and to be skilled in the translation of theory, research, and clinical practice. The D.N.P. programs requires classes focusing on relevant technology to advance research and overall health outcomes, promotes ethical practices, and leadership development. 

Graduates with a D.N.P. degree will be ready to excel in the healthcare system, ensuring both quality and safety.

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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

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
    • Master's degree in nursing or related field from a nationally accredited program.
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in prior graduate-level coursework.
    • Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S. and its territories.
    • Satisfactory criminal background check after acceptance

    School Overview

    With roots as a high school academy more than a century ago, Graceland University has built upon its core values of “learning,” “wholeness” and “community” to deliver a liberal arts education that is “enhanced by career-oriented practical experiences.” Today, the university leads the way with its renowned nursing program as well as its reputation for education, business, and seminary degrees. Sponsored by the Community of Christ Church, it has two main campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri.

    Graceland offers online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing, education, religion, and business fields. Some programs are fully online, while others are a combination of campus and online courses. Classes are offered in various terms.


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