Doctor of Nursing Practice
Nova Southeastern University

Program Details

This is the last advanced degree you can earn as a nurse. The D.N.P. program is designed for nurses with who are currently nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, midwives, anesthetists, educators, and managers/executives. Nova Southeastern University's transition course allows you to enter our program without an M.S.N. and prepares you for advanced courses.

In just 12 courses, you’re prepared to identify healthcare problems that need relevant solutions, and turn your complex research into real-world programs that better the healthcare field.

A Strong Career as a D.N.P. Nurse

Graduates of the D.N.P. program are prepared to lead and engage in practical, clinically focused scholarship and research utilization.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists have a median salary of $100,697
  • Advanced Practice Nurses earn a median salary of $107,460 and expect 31% growth through 2026
  • Chief Nursing Officers earn a median salary of $167,557

Develop Excellence in Nursing

During the program, you will identify healthcare problems that need relevant solutions, study evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking to turn complex research into a real-world applications.

By graduation, you’re a nurse who can:

  • Implement and evaluate nursing practices based on scientific knowledge, including innovative approaches
  • Assume organizational and system leadership in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care
  • Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision making, practice standards, and program development
  • Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care
  • Evaluate and influence healthcare policies and systems
  • Employ skills in effective communication, collaboration
  • Create lasting change that improves patient and population health outcomes
  • Demonstrate expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical prevention and population health activities within contemporary society
  • Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice



D.N.P. graduates are required to complete 1,000 practice hours, post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).

  • Master of Science in Nursing or a closely related field from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from master's degree
  • Current US registered nurse licensure with no restriction
  • Two evaluation (reference) forms from individuals
  • A writing sample
  • Official documentation of all supervised post baccalaureate practice hours from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges