Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from McKendree University is designed to provide a high quality educational experience to advanced nursing leaders who will drive the future of healthcare. Graduates are able to:

  • ​Synthesize science-based theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines to assess, evaluate, and integrate health care phenomena to impact positive patient outcomes at the individual, group, community, or global level
  • ​Integrate clinical change through organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking to achieve excellence in nursing practice
  • ​Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, methods of inquiry, humanities, and related sciences to translate best evidence for application to improve practice
  • ​Advance the effective use of health care information systems to ensure high-quality outcomes with the generation of data-driven decisions in nursing care
  • ​Advocate for social justice and health equity by evaluating, developing, and implementing policy to impact health care delivery at all levels
  • ​Engage interprofessional collaborative initiatives to examine complex systems and develop effective methods to create positive change for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • ​Translate knowledge into practice to improve patient outcomes and synthesize best practice for improving the nation's health
  • ​Engage in experimental learning and research to promote advanced levels of nursing practice grounded in ethical and moral decision making

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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


    • Hold an unencumbered RN license.
    • Submit all official college and university transcripts.
    • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae documenting two years of full-time work experience in a leadership or faculty role in nursing education at a two- or four-year college or university, hospital, or health care organization within the past five years OR minimum of two years full-time work.
    • Participate in an on-campus individual interview.
    • Submit a two- to three-page essay.
    • Submit three letters of reference.
    • Experience in a nurse executive or a management leadership role within the last five years.
    • Submit proof of completion of a graduate-level statistics course with a grade of “B” or higher within the last five years. Students’ academic coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis for completion of this requirement.
    • Submit proof completion of a graduate-level epidemiology course with a grade of “B” or higher within the last five year. Students’ academic coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis for completion of this requirement.
    • Learners will attend two on-campus immersions during each August of the two years.

    School Overview

    McKendree University is a four-year private school located in Lebanon, Illinois. The school was formed by pioneer Methodists and is still affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Established in 1828, McKendree University is the oldest college in Illinois.

    McKendree University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. McKendree University is made up of the following academic schools:

    • College of Arts and Science
    • School of Business
    • School of Nursing and Health Professions
    • School of Education

    Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. McKendree University offers online bachelor's and master's degree programs. Online classes begin every 8 weeks. All courses are designed by our campus faculty and pass a rigorous review of their peers.


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