Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Illinois State University provides students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to meet the challenges of today's health care system and excel in their careers. Graduates of the program are able to:

  • ​Engage in organizational and systems leadership to create practice environments that improve health care outcomes
  • ​Participate in evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship to improve health care practice and outcomes
  • ​Synthesize scientific, theoretical, and technological data from a variety of disciplines to improve health care systems and health outcomes for individuals and populations
  • Demonstrate leadership in development and implementation of health policy
  • ​Collaborate with intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to create change in health care systems

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • A Master of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN- accredited program
    • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the last 30 hours of graduate or 60 hours of undergraduate course work; to include courses in which the student is currently enrolled
    • Certified and licensed as an advanced practice nurse (certified nurse practitioner, certified clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist) or have completed a master's degree program in nursing administration. Other MSN specialties will be considered.
    • A graduate level epidemiology course is a co-requisite of the DNP courses.
    • A graduate level statistics course is a co-requisite of the DNP courses.
    • 640 post-BSN practice hours are required to enroll in the DNP scholarly project courses.

    School Overview

    Illinois State University is the state’s oldest public, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Normal, Illinois. Illinois State University can trace its founding to 1857 when Illinois state’s Board of Education agreed to establish a normal school. Today, Illinois State Normal School is one of twelve public higher education institutions in the state. Illinois State promotes core values of: the Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship, Individualized Attention, Diversity, Integrity, and Civic Engagement.

    Students can choose from over 160 undergraduate major and minor programs, and Illinois State also supports more than 40 master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs. Fields of study are organized into the following schools and colleges:

    • Applied Science and Technology
    • Arts and Sciences
    • Business
    • Education
    • Fine Arts
    • Mennonite College of Nursing
    • Graduate School

    Illinois State offers select nursing programs online, including the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree and the R.N. to B.S.N. program.


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