Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.): MS-DNP

If you have already earned your M.S. in nursing and are ready to pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice, our DNP program will provide you with the skills which provide you with the skills to pursue a variety of career options. You’ll be ready to take on nursing administration positions, provide quality care to patients, teach the next generation of MSN-prepared nurses, implement research that can improve patient care.

This program is 100% online.


The program of study consists of 35 credit hours and will include DNP practicums while working on your DNP project. We have a full-time DNP Counselor to help facilitate your DNP project and practicums. There is a cognate elective course that allows you to customize a plan of study to enhance their DNP project. View a sample plan.

You'll complete a scholarly project as part of your coursework. Over the course of three semesters, you'll work with a team to plan, implement and evaluate an initiative that addresses a practice issue in a health care organization or system.

Learn more about course requirements.

Career Outlook

As an NIU student, you'll benefit from the resources and connections provided by the Alumni Association and Career Services. You'll also benefit from our strong network of industry partnerships. In addition, you'll have access to our full-time program coordinator, who will help set up your practicum experiences.

When you graduate, you'll be prepared for specialized nursing practice in a clinical or academic setting. In addition, by taking nursing education electives while completing your degree, you can become qualified to teach at a college or university, or within a health care system.

Tuition News

NIU has recently eliminated the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate for both undergraduate and graduate students, making it financially easier for you to take advantage of our excellent programs. Learn more.

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