Program Overview

Kaplan University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to thrive in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. With the shrinking number of primary care providers, the nursing shortage, and the increasing complexity of patient care, the field of nursing needs clinical experts and leaders with the highest level of scientific knowledge and expertise. To meet this need, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has called for advanced practice nurses to hold doctoral degrees by 2015.*

Kaplan University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice fits into the schedules of busy advanced nurses, allowing them to earn a valuable health care credential while continuing to work. This degree could open the door to new opportunities for clinical and leadership positions in a variety of roles.† 

*Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, DNP Fact Sheet, April 2013, on the Internet at www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/dnp.

†Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

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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

    Requirements

    A MSN degree is required.

    Restrictions

    At this time, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is available ONLY to those who reside and possess a current license as a registered nurse without restrictions to practice in one of these states: AL, AK, IA ,ID, IN, CA,CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, ME, IL, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE ,NV, OH, OK, PA, RI,SC, SD,TX, VA, VT, WY.

    School Overview

    Our Mission

    Kaplan University is an institution of higher learning dedicated to providing innovative undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education. Our programs foster student learning with opportunities to launch, enhance, or change careers in today’s diverse global society. The University is committed to general education, a student-centered service and support approach, and applied scholarship in a practical environment.

    About Kaplan University

    Are you committed to achieving your educational and career goals? Kaplan University not only offers online programs, but campus-based, and blended programs in fields such as social and behavioral sciences, business, criminal justice, education, health sciences,  information systems and technology,  legal studies, and nursing. Students can earn associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as certificates and diplomas.

    Who We Are

    Kaplan University is a part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC, which is a subsidiary of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. Kaplan, Inc.'s wide range of products includes programs for kids and schools, test preparation, higher education and professional training. Each of our offerings helps students reach an important milestone in their education and careers.

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