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Doctor of Nursing Practice


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Indiana State University prepares nurses to be innovative leaders and environmental change agents to transform our healthcare delivery system. The DNP represents the highest level of preparation in nursing practice, broadening the graduate's ability to process and translate new evidence into nursing practice. This ability is essential to maximizing the safety and efficacy of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes.

  • The DNP is a 39-credit-hour post-master's program requiring a total of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship. Individuals may apply 700 hours of formal, supervised, clinical hours from their master's degree toward the doctoral degree requirements. Students who have not completed 700 post baccalaureate hours prior to entry are eligible to utilize the portfolio process outlined in the Portfolio Guidelines Document. Consistent with other DNP programs, there is no dissertation requirement. Students complete a DNP scholarly project based on their individual expertise and interests.
  • The DNP Program is in the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing. The essential concepts of the DNP (The DNP Essentials) curriculum, as approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, forms the basis of our program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
  • The program offers full-time and part-time plans of study tailored to meet the needs of the working healthcare professional. The DNP Program began in the Fall of 2010 and has graduated four cohorts.

Graduates of Indiana State University's DNP Program will:

  1. Integrate scientific knowledge to influence health policy and decision-making through leadership, collaboration, and interprofessional action at the organizational, local, regional, national, and global levels.
  2. Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.
  3. Use analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for clinical practice.
  4. Design, select, use, and evaluate programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement including consumer use of health care information systems.
  5. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ effective communication and collaborative skills in the development and implementation of practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, standards of care, and/or other scholarly products.
  7. Synthesize concepts related to clinical prevention and population health in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention efforts, in care of individuals, aggregates, or populations.
  8. Demonstrate independent advanced practice clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not currently required.

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Technology Requirements:

High-speed Internet access is required. Applicants must be familiar with basic Internet procedures such as scanning, attaching, and emailing documents. Students will need to have access to a scanning device that will scan documents to PDF. It is recommended that students have a PC running Windows 8 or a Macintosh. Additional recommendations can be found at OIT Help Desk.

Admission Requirements:

For admission requirements, visit Doctor of Nursing Practice.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program began admitting students in the fall of 2010. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) Board of Commissioners granted the clinical doctorate nursing program (DNP) initial accreditation in March of 2013 and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2017.

Application Instructions:

For application instructions and deadlines, visit Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Fees & Expenses:

Nursing students pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. Other expenses specific to the program include books, supplies/equipment, name pin, special test fees, and a clinical/program fee attached to designated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical and practicum experiences.

Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

The Department of Advanced Practice Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships.

Further Information:

Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Indiana State University
Landsbaum Center, Room 222
1-888-293-4842, option 3
Fax: 812-237-8939

For more information, complete the Nursing Program's request for information form.

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

Note: Graduate nursing programs at Indiana State University are not available to residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New York, or international students.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.