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Doctor of Nursing Practice

**This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.

ATTENTION WASHINGTON RESIDENTS

Disclaimer:

Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

**Drexel University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN/Clinical Trials Research, MSN/Leadership in Health Systems Management, MSN/Nurse Educator and Faculty Role, MSN/Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN/Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN/Family Individual Across the Lifespan NP, MSN/Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care NP, MSN/Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and MSN/Women’s Health Gender Related NP programs. For more information, go to the following website.

ATTENTION NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS

Students living in North Carolina may be admitted to the program, however cannot complete their clinical practicum requirements in the state of North Carolina. Clinicals may be completed in a neighboring state.

Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Drexel University is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or advanced practice nurses and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes.

Nurses graduating in Drexel's DNP program are well equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.  

What you'll learn

The DNP program provides students with the knowledge needed to translate research into practice and advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice and leadership roles to lead healthcare innovations and influence policy. Throughout the program students develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which impact health care outcomes. This innovative program offers extensive opportunities for collaboration with a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

The objectives of this program are focused in two areas: leadership in an executive role and advanced practice role. Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
  • Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
  • Use advanced communication skills - to lead quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
  • Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery.

Clinical Requirements

A total of 500 clinical hours are required and are built into the following courses and project: 

  • NURS 830 - 125 hours
  • NURS 835 - 125 hours
  • NURS 838 - 125 hours
  • NURS 840 - 125 hours

In-Person Experiential Elements

  • Orientation ​- September of your First Term
    Designed as an introdution to the program and an opportunity to explore your DNP project topic, you will meet your peers, advisors, and the faculty while orienting yourself to the program.
  • Global Immersion - Spring Quarter of your Second Year
    The DNP program prepares future advanced practice nursing leaders to respond to current and future global health care needs in diverse settings. At Drexel, a unique immersion experience at the birthplace of evidence-based practice one-week in length is conducted at a host university in another country and included in the program.
  • Residency - Graduation Week
    This event allows you to present your DNP project, reflect with your colleagues and faculty, and walk for graduation.

What makes the Doctor of Nursing Practice program unique?

  • Graduates are prepared for a leadership role as an executive or advanced practice nurse.
  • Students evaluate contemporary health care environments and healthcare policies.
  • You are part of the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions, a forward thinking, progressive, and interdisciplinary healthcare school.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Application:
​Completed online application

Degree:
A Master's Degree in any field. If your Master's is not in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing is also required.

Standardized Tests:
N/A

Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions

Prerequisites:
N/A

References:

  • Two letters of recommendations from individuals who hold a graduate degree (doctoral prepared highly preferred). Sources may be academic, employer, or professional and attest to academic ability and professional competency.  
  • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
In a document 2-3 pages in length and double-spaced, respond to the following questions:
  • What is your area of interest (e.g. clinical practice, education, administration/nurse executive) and how will you apply the DNP to your practice area?
  • Identify a clinical issue or nursing process of interest you would like to develop for your practice-focused DNP Project in a healthcare practice or organization/system. Discuss why it is a problem and how it relates to the DNP Project in which you are interested. Explain how you aim to use the evidence-based practice project to improve processes or health outcomes.

Interview/Portfolio:
N/A

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Reume:
A copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae is required. Include identification of your title, description of your role, licensure(s), certification(s) and certifying body.

Licensure/Certification:

  • Current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Candidates:
    • Submit US licensure and certification documentation of the following certifications:
      • Certified Nurse Practitioner
      • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
      • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
      • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Nurse Managers/Executives Candidates:
    • Submit certification documentation of the following certification(s) or verification that you are scheduled to take one of these exams:
      • American Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NEA)
      • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive (NE)
      • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
      • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
Previous experience as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist,) or a nurse manager/executive.

International Students:
Additional requirements can be found here

Tuition and Fee Rates
Please visit the Drexel Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) tuition page

Application Link (if outside organization):
N/A

Before matriculation, accepted students must have a satisfactory physical examination and pay a non-refundable $750 deposit that will go toward the first quarter's tuition. 

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

 

Outcomes

Graduates of the DNP degree will be prepared to:
  1. Evaluate patient care delivery approaches to meet the current and anticipated needs of patient populations based on outcomes and scientific findings.
  2. Translate research into clinical practice and policy to improve care and outcomes.
  3. Use advanced communication skills – {using technology and informatics} to lead quality improvement and patient
  4. Use principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in patients and providers.
  6. Evaluate effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the course of healthcare delivery.