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Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice, and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The DNP is a professional doctorate, such as a doctor of pharmacy, doctor of physical therapy or doctor of medicine.
Creighton University College of Nursing is dedicated to educating Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who are ready to take an active role in delivering outstanding healthcare and in shaping health policy. Creighton was the first in Nebraska to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the highest level of preparation for clinical practice. Noted for innovative programs that keep pace with the ever-changing field of nursing, Creighton University College of Nursing has earned a national reputation for providing excellence in nursing education and commitment to service. Through nursing courses and Creighton University's Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution coursework, Creighton graduate program nurses will be able to guide communication and teamwork, as well as shape policy, patient safety and best practices.
"Our DNP and MSN graduates will be equipped to provide leadership. They will excel in translating research into practice, evaluating evidence, applying research in decision making and implementing viable innovations to change practice. The model of healthcare delivery is moving towards an interdisciplinary team consisting of nurses, physicians, pharmacists and other specialists. Nurse clinicians who are skilled in communication techniques, such as negotiation, mediation, facilitation and research translation are essential to care teams."
Eleanor Howell, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean, Creighton University College of Nursing
DNP classes are primarily online, however new students are expected to attend orientation meetings on campus in Omaha at the beginning of the term. The didactic for the majority of classes are offered on line. Please see program offerings for more information. (http://www.creighton.edu/nursing/programs/mastersprogram/postbaccalaureatetodnp/index.php) Most classes meet once a week; some specialty courses may be offered other days. Full- and part-time options are available. Course delivery includes video, web and/or transmission are available in selected classes.
- Evidence of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Personal Statement of Goals
- Professional Resume
- RN Licensure Documentation
- Three Evaluations/References
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (GPA should be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
- International Students: TOEFL score of 600 Paper-Based Test, 250 Computer-Based Test or 100 for the Internet-Based Test required
- Application Fee
- No GRE is required
- No thesis is required
- New graduates may be admitted to core graduate courses prior to completing the 2,000 hours
Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program Tracks
Applicants must hold a BSN to enter the MSN degree program
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks
- Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Track
- BSN-MSN CNL
- Clinical Systems Administration Track
Optional Specializations: Educator courses in curriculum, instruction, and educational evaluation are available to graduate students regardless of their specific track. Cardiology courses will be offered on a 3-year basis. A new cycle began the summer of 2013. Oncology courses will be offered on a 3-year basis. The next cycle will begin in 2014.
To best serve our students, we regularly explore specialty courses and populations for special emphasis in the graduate curriculum. The curriculum is subject to change.
To learn more about Creighton University and the College of Nursing, visit http://www.creighton.edu/nursing/.
For more information, call or e-mail:
Shannon Cox, MS
Senior Admissions Counselor
About Creighton University
Creighton University, founded in 1878 and one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States, is nationally recognized for providing a challenging and balanced educational experience. We are sustained by our tradition, which seeks to educate women and men who are not only proficient in their professions, but enlivened with a spirit of service to create a more just world. We educate competent, compassionate and committed students who can become agents of change.
Creighton faculty members engage in clinical practice and conduct research to enhance teaching, to contribute to the betterment of society, and to discover new knowledge. Faculty and staff stimulate rigorous critical and creative thinking and provide ethical perspectives for dealing with an increasingly complex world. Service and outreach experiences offered through our programs are an important hallmark of a Creighton education.
The University is located in Omaha, Neb. (population 850,000+ metro area) on a 130-acre campus adjacent to the downtown business district. Omaha is widely considered to be one of the safest cities in the United States, with a low unemployment rate, thriving economy, and lively entertainment and nightlife-from shopping, sporting events and restaurants to galleries, museums and theaters.
The College of Nursing also has a campus in Hastings, Neb., adjacent to Mary Lanning Healthcare (MLH.)