Colleges and Schools

Program Requirements

Students completing their doctor of nursing practice (DNP) will complete seven semesters of online coursework and visit North Park’s campus once a semester.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form in NursingCAS.
  • MSN or MS with a major in nursing degree from a US accredited program. Applicants are to be certified as advanced practice nurses (APN) or to be master’s-prepared in administrative/leadership nursing specialties, or in related master’s nursing specialties as approved by the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Official graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 for all MSN/MS program courses
  • Documentation of practice hours completed in MSN/MS program courses
  • Essay (Two questions)
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendations, at least one from current supervisor
  • Current RN license
  • Personal interview(s) with faculty

How to Apply

Degree Requirements

  • 19 semester hours of core courses
  • 14 semester hours of project and practicum courses
  • 33 total credit hours for graduation
  • 560 practicum hours over seven semesters

Academic Catalog

DNP Plan of Study


Please review the full academic catalog for the year you enrolled at North Park for official degree requirements. The catalog and School of Nursing advisor will assist you in planning your course sequence to complete your DNP degree. Students will move through the program in a cohort manner.

Core Courses

NURS 6010-Biostatistics
NURS 6015-Epidemiology
NURS 6030-Innovative Leadership in Health Care Organizations and Systems
NURS 6035-Health Policy Development and Implementation
NURS 6040-Health Care Information Systems
NURS 6045-Health Care Ethics
NURS 6050-Writing for Publication

Project and Practicum Courses

NURS 6110-DNP Project Development Seminar I
NURS 6120-DNP Project Development Seminar II
NURS 6130-DNP Project Development Seminar III
NURS 6140-DNP Project Development Seminar IV
NURS 6150-DNP Project Development Seminar V
NURS 6200-DNP Project Implementation/Evaluation and Evidence Translation

Elective Option

NURS 6910 – Independent Study: Advanced Nursing Practicum