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Nursing Practice DNP (Doctorate)

The online DNP program is flexible and can be tailored to your own interests and goals. You can complete the majority of your DNP degree online, although you will be required to make some visits to campus. You’ll be able to choose from multiple DNP tracks, and the coursework that supplements your clinical experience can be completed online. Earning your DNP online makes it easier to fit into a busy schedule.

Creighton’s nursing programs are recognized for developing highly skilled, compassionate nurses, making our graduates in high demand. You’ll have the necessary skills to be able to address, prevent and resolve ethical dilemmas and situations using moral reasoning and values-based dialogue. These highly sought skills are an essential part of your education, and they position you for success in a variety of practice environments.

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Program Outcomes

The DNP program is designed to prepare nurses who:

  • Integrate nursing science with theories and knowledge from interdisciplinary sciences to advance the health of people and quality of advanced nursing practice.
  • Adapt organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
  • Translate, evaluate, and disseminate evidence in to practice.
  • Select, use, and evaluate information technology systems to monitor and improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Engage in policy analysis, formulation, implementation, and advocacy activities to improve healthcare locally, regionally, nationally, and /or globally.
  • Lead interprofessional teams in the evaluation of complex issues to create change in healthcare delivery systems and health care outcomes.
  • Evaluate appropriate methods and models in partnership with families, individuals, groups, communities, and providers to improve health, prevent disease, and address gaps in population-based health care.
  • Formulate a professional practice model using advanced and specialized knowledge and skills in the specialty role.
  • Formulate a professional framework integrating reflective practice that facilitates ethical reasoning, cultural humility, and advocacy anchored in social justice.
$110,000 annual media salary of doctor of nursing practice graduates
Online part-time or full-time options available

Program Details

Through Creighton’s DNP programs, you’ll learn to manage the care of individuals and families in specialized areas.

Designed for practicality and practice, the coursework for this program is offered online with the flexibility of part-time or full-time options. Trips to our campus in Omaha, Nebraska will be required. The amount of trips will vary depending on track.

BSN to DNP Tracks


The BSN to DNP tracks are designed for BSN prepared nurses looking to become either a Nurse Practitioner or a Nurse Leader.

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—manages the care of individuals in acute care settings.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner—manages care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner—manages care for newborns in all levels of neonatal intensive care units.
  • Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Dual Degree)—manages the care of pediatric patients across the entire continuum of health from wellness to critical care.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner—manages care throughout the lifespan of diverse populations and can practice within both acute and primary care settings.
  • Nursing Administration & Leadership—prepares nurses as innovative and collaborative leaders in diverse health care settings, corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of healthcare.

Post-Grad to DNP Tracks


The Post-Graduate to DNP program prepares current Master’s prepared nurses to increase their knowledge and expand their role into nursing leadership or teaching.

  • Nursing Administration & Leadership—prepares nurses as innovative and collaborative leaders in diverse health care settings, corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of healthcare.
  • Post-Graduate General Track—prepares current APRNs to expand their knowledge, grow as a nurse leader and achieve this highly respected nursing degree.

Admission Requirements

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, one from supervisor/employer
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • RN or APRN License – see requirements below

Program Requirements and Prerequisites

BSN to DNP

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Possess a BSN from an ACEN- or CCNE- accredited college or university
  • Active, unencumbered RN License with Nebraska eligibility
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course with C (2.0) or higher
  • Minimum of 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience (prior to first clinical course).
    • Family NP, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and Nursing Administration and Leadership– minimum 2,000 hours of professional nursing experience in direct patient care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Across the Lifespan NP – minimum 2,000 hours of direct patient care nursing experience in psychiatrics
    • Neonatal NP – minimum 4,000 hours of direct patient care nursing experience in a level III or level IV NICU
    • Pediatric Acute and Primary Care NP – minimum 2,000 hours direct patient care nursing experience in pediatrics

Post-Graduate DNP

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Possess an MSN from an ACEN- or CCNE- accredited college or university
  • Active, unencumbered RN License with Nebraska eligibility for Nursing Administration and Leadership Track
  • Active, unencumbered APRN License with Nebraska eligibility for General Post-Graduate DNP Track
  • Completion of a graduate-level statistics course with C (2.0) or higher

STATE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, we are unable to accept or enroll students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a DNP: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**
** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply. This information will be updated as state regulatory requirements change.
For all other states not listed above, regulations vary depending on the program and/or individual situation. Please contact Creighton University College of Nursing at 402.280.3492 for questions regarding a specific state.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated course-by-course by a NACES approved credentialing agency. A list of approved agencies can be found here. Official evaluations must be sent directly from the agency to Creighton University.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

English Language Proficiency is an important part of the application process for those whose first language is not English. The College of Nursing has the discretion to determine individual standards for how this requirement will be met using one or more of the following:

  • English Language exam scores. All applicants who have obtained a degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL score of at least 100 an IELTS score of at least 7, or a DuoLingo score of at least 120. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the testing agency to send original scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121).
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Virgin Islands.

The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a English Language Proficiency exam is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a university in the United States or another approved country.

Nancy Bredenkamp, PhD, APRN-NP
“The faculty in the nurse practitioner programs all work clinically to maintain their certifications. They bring real life, up-to-date situations to the classroom and to the clinical experiences that we share with our students.”
— Nancy Bredenkamp, PhD, APRN-NP | Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs & Graduate Faculty Chair, College of Nursing
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“My Creighton education has prepared me to take on the challenges of today's health care. I am able to take my knowledge and experiences throughout my time at Creighton University and apply them into patient care along with the Jesuit values.”
— Jenni Scranton, DNP-FNP, Alumni
Megan Pothoff, PhD
“People recognize the name and the brand and they're proud to hire Creighton grads. They know [our program] has rigor. They know it has a sense of commitment and community. And they want to bring that to their institutions.”
— Megan Pothoff, PhD, Assistant Professor

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. View the tuition and fees for this program.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731. 

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

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Accreditation

Creighton University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who work to ensure student success.

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As a Creighton College of Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. See some of the student organizations and service opportunities available to you.

Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board. 

Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates who complete the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Graduates who complete the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Graduates who complete the Pediatric Dual track DNP program are eligible to take the primary and acute care national certification exams through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB). View the course requirements of this track.

Graduates who complete the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

All of the above national certification credentialing agencies are accepted in all 50 states as the initial step in seeking licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).