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.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Official College Transcript(s), Occupational License, Essay/Writing Sample
- Students residing in the states of Washington, California, and Louisiana are currently unable to complete their practicum within those states. However, it may be possible for students to complete their practicum in neighboring states.