Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

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Do you want to advance your nursing career and take on an even greater leadership role in healthcare? Through the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Creighton’s College of Nursing, you’ll receive the highest level of preparation for clinical practice—from the first nursing college in Nebraska to offer this advanced degree.

With only 182 schools offering a DNP, we’re among the universities setting the standard. Creighton’s DNP program offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, instead delivering the terminal degree in nursing practice you desire.

We offer a mix of on-campus and online courses so you can fit your studies into your already busy life. You can be a full- or part-time student, and classes meet on campus just a few times each semester. Another bonus: You don’t have to take the GRE or submit a thesis.

We regularly admit new graduates, who may take core graduate courses prior to completing the 2,000 hours of clinical practice necessary for the upper-level clinical courses.

Hybrid Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program consists of mostly online classes, but you are required to have some visits to campus.


Through Creighton’s DNP program, you’ll gain both advanced scientific knowledge and the practical hands-on skills you need to take on an even greater leadership role in healthcare. As a nursing student, you can further develop your communication, leadership and critical thinking skills through Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program courses —preparing you to go out into the world and make a difference.

Only 3 out of 5 nurses work in hospitals, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 26% increase in nursing positions by 2020. Which means there’s a growing need for nurses in a variety of settings, including schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, community health centers, research labs, and government and social assistance agencies.

Completion of the Doctor of Nursing Program prepares students to:

1. Integrate nursing science with theories and knowledge from interdisciplinary sciences to advance the health of people and quality of clinical practices.
2. Provide leadership in the analysis of health care delivery systems and clinical practices, and the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of strategies for creating and sustaining continuous improvement.
3. Apply information technology and decision support systems to analyze, evaluate, and improve structure, processes, and outcomes in health care.
4. Engage in policy analysis, formulation, implementation, and advocacy activities to improve health care locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
5. Apply communication, collaborative, and dispute resolution skills and techniques to maximize team performance in analyzing and resolving complex issues.
6. Apply appropriate methods and models in partnership with families, individuals, groups, communities, and providers to improve health and address gaps in population-based healthcare.
7. Employ a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to address, prevent, and resolve ethical dilemmas and situations.
8. Engage in the generation, translation, application, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence to administrative and/or clinical practices.
9. Integrate advanced and specialized knowledge and skills when implementing practice roles in clinical care delivery or management of care delivery systems.


Through Creighton’s nurse practitioner plans of study, you’ll learn to manage the care of individuals and families in areas such as:

  • Advanced health promotion
  • Diagnostic
  • Medication
  • Therapeutic

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—manage the care of individuals in acute care settings. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology ACNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses(AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center(ANCC).
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—manage the care of individuals in primary care settings. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).
  • Family Nurse Practitioner—manage care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families. Graduates who complete the Family NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and  the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner—care for newborns in level III neonatal intensive care units. Graduates who complete the Neonatal NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the National certification Corporation (NCC).
  • Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (Dual)—manage the care of pediatric patients across the entire continuum of health from wellness to critical care.  Graduates who complete  the Pediatric Dual track program are eligible to take the primary and acute care national certification exams through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB).
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner—manage care throughout the lifespan of diverse populations and can practice within a variety of acute and primary care  settings. Graduates who complete Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Clinical Systems Administration Track

Work as an innovative and collaborative leader in corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of health care.

Optional Specializations (available for the tracks):

  • Cardiology
  • Education
  • Oncology

What You'll Learn

  • Gain advanced scientific knowledge
  • Find out what it takes to succeed in a clinical setting
  • Practice effective communication skills
  • Hone your leadership skills
  • Learn creative and critical thinking skills


Plans of study vary depending on the track you choose. Creighton College of Nursing offers the following Post-Graduate Program of Study tracks. Find yours to review a PDF with your plan of study:




The MSN to DNP program is designed for current APRN nurses, as well as those with an MSN in Administration, who are prepared at the graduate level and are wanting to earn their DNP degree. Applicants who are MSN prepared, but are not currently an APRN or have an MSN in Administration, will need to complete a BSN to DNP curriculum in order to complete all required course content for a Nurse Practitioner track.


Optional Specializations:

  • Cardiology: Courses are offered on a 2-year basis
  • Education: Educator courses in curriculum, instruction and educational evaluation are available to you, regardless of your chosen track.
  • Oncology: Courses are offered on a 2-year basis

Student Organizations

  • Creighton University Student Nurse Association (CUSNA)

    As a member of the Creighton University Student Nurse Association, you’ll serve as a leader in the College of Nursing community and beyond. The CUSNA is a chapter of a national student nurse organization, enabling members to have a voice for nursing students across the state as well as nationwide.

  • Sigma Theta Tau: Iota Chapter

    The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing word health and celebrating nursing excellence. To receive a membership invitation, you must demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

  • Nursing Senate

    The Nursing Senate serves as one voice for the nursing student body. As a member, you’ll positively contribute to the nursing profession, Creighton University, and the College of Nursing by:

    • Extending service and social opportunities to all nursing students
    • Collaborating with students, faculty, staff and other Creighton professionals
    • Working together to strengthen the College of Nursing community
  • Leadership Scholars

    This program is specifically designed as a 4-year extracurricular immersion in leadership. If you receive an invitation to join this member’s only organization, you’ll join a group of student leaders who understand how vitally important leadership development is to the nursing profession.

  • Hastings Association of Nursing Students (HANdS)

    HANdS represents and speaks as one voice for the nursing student body. The organization coordinates activities and embraces issues to serve as a channel of communication between College of Nursing faculty and students on the Hastings campus.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the DNP program, you must hold a BSN or MSN/MS in nursing; see all admission requirements.

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