Doctor of Nursing Practice
Virginia Commonwealth University

Program Details

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program from Virginia Commonwealth University prepares expert practitioners able to translate research into evidence-based practice. Graduates will have the ability to lead teams of healthcare professionals in a variety of settings to improve patient outcomes.

Topics emphasized in this online nurse practitioner degree program include patient safety, quality improvement, leadership, health policy, and organizational systems. Master’s-prepared nurses can pursue this degree on either a part-time or full-time basis, primarily online, with three campus visits per year. 

Nurses in this program study topics including:

  • Statistical methods for quality improvement
  • Epidemiology and population health
  • Health policy leadership and advocacy
  • Health information and data management

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Virginia Commonwealth University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Students are required to come to campus for 2-3 days at the beginning of each semester. 
  • Applicants must have a master's degree in nursing from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program.
  • Applicants must have a current, unrestricted RN license or authorization to practice as an RN in the US. and current certification in an advanced practice specialty (NP, CNS, or Nursing Administration).