FAQs about the DNP program at NDSU
What is the DNP at NDSU?
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at NDSU is a terminal degree program that emphasizes evidence-based approaches to healthcare and clinical expertise.
What is the goal of the DNP program?
The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is to award a degree that reflects the expert clinical competencies required by healthcare providers to meet the challenging healthcare needs of individuals and changing healthcare systems (AACN, 2008).
Is the program accredited?
NDSU’s DNP program is accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
When are the courses offered?
The DNP is offered through multiple program tracks. The traditional BSN to DNP uses a hybrid model, blending both on-campus and online courses. On-campus classes are offered Tuesdays, leaving time for clinical rotations and professional work. The MSN to DNP/FNP and FNP to DNP programs are completely online, and designed to fit into the busy schedules of local and regional students who continue to work while advancing their careers.
What requirements are needed for admission?
1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
2. Transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate School.
3. GPA of 3.0.
4. Undergraduate coursework in research and health assessment.
5. Current unencumbered RN licensure
6. Completed application to the Graduate School https://ndusndsugrad.askadmissions.net/emtinterestpage.aspx?ip=application
7. Three references: Two from professional colleagues that address clinical competence and potential for graduate education, and one other reference.
8. Written narrative of professional experience and future goals.
9. Non-refundable $35 application fee.
10. Interview, if requested. (Interview required for all FNP applicants.)
Is the GRE or other graduate entrance exam required?
No graduate entrance exam is required.
What are the tuition rates?
NDSU tuition rates make the DNP program an exceptional value.
If I am in an online class and an on-campus class is available, can I attend?
Yes, you can attend an on-campus class instead of online if one is available and you are able.
Where will I complete my clinical component?
You can complete your clinical hours at your home clinic/hospital environment with faculty approval.