Program Overview

The mission of the IWU Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare nurses at the highest level of leadership, scholarship, and character to be world changers in global healthcare systems.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare graduates to:

  • Lead healthcare delivery teams to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  • Synthesize principles of leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems.
  • Apply creative and culturally sensitive approaches in the comprehensive assessment of healthcare systems.
  • Integrate character, scholarship, and leadership in advanced nursing practice.
  • Develop innovative practice approaches based on theories from nursing and other disciplines.
  • Influence healthcare policy from an interprofessional perspective to improve health outcomes.

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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 (CCNE)


    • A criminal history background check
    • Submission of current unencumbered RN license.
    • Submission of a current unencumbered APN license (if applicable).
    • Submission of resume/curriculum vitae.
    • Three letters of professional reference
    • Submission of a 1-2 page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
    • Submission of a practice related issue that will serve as the focus of the translational research project that will include the significance and impact of the project to nursing and healthcare.

    Onsite residencies are held on the Marion, Indiana campus three (3) separate times throughout the program. Full attendance for each residency is required. Residencies will consist of a Monday through Friday schedule and will be posted in advance.

    School Overview

    Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is committed to liberal arts and professional education. IWU offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and doctorate degrees, and students represent more than 80 Christian denominations and 10 foreign countries. Indiana Wesleyan has received national attention for its innovative adult education program, which began in 1985. Over 10,000 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.


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