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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Details

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree available at Liberty University is structured for nurses who want to learn to use evidence-based research to improve the quality of care they can provide for patients. Students in this program will also learn how to lead inter professional teams who are encouraging innovations that may advance health care, policies, and systems. Those who are interested in this program must already be practicing as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse leader, or nurse practitioner. 

While the courses in this program are offered online, students are required to fulfill residency and practicums. In some instances, students may complete this requirement in their own area, if granted by their state approval process. The DNP program asks students to complete a total of 41 credit hours, which are broken in 27 credit hours of core courses and 14 hours of project and practicum courses. Some of the core courses students will participate in include Healthcare Operations & Financial Management, Translational Research in Healthcare, and Advanced Nursing Research. 

By the end of this program, students should be able to use information systems and technology, apply evidence-based clinical decision making to relevant populations, be able to create health care environments that improve cost-effectiveness and quality, and blend advanced practice nursing with nursing science, research, theory, and scholarship. Liberty places focus on commitment, service, and learning through collaboration of students, faculty, and God. This school intends to challenge students to serve each other, strive towards excellence, and effectively prepare for their future career or position.


  • Transcripts
  • Transcripts must include a Master of Science Degree in Nursing
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Current and active RN license
  • Reference
  • Writing sample
  • Interview

Students in the Post-MSN program will need to attend a total of three residential intensives.

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


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