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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.  

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

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 recommendation required.

  • 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:
DNP program written statement, answering the following two questions in 2-3 pages, double-spaced. (You do not have to answer the essay on the application as well):
  • Why do you want to enter the Drexel Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?
  • As a clinical nursing scholar, specifically, what clinical nursing phenomena are you most interested in and do you perhaps have a primary clinical research question in mind? 

Interview/Portfolio:
N/A

CV/Resume and Forms:
CV Required

Please complete the following forms:

Criminal history/background check clearances: Criminal background and child-abuse background checks are required. If you have resided outside Pennsylvania in the past three years, you must submit an official criminal history background check from each state where you resided. Drexel University will obtain this information if you are admitted.

Licenses:
Current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse, as well as copies of current advanced practice nursing licensure and advanced certification documents.

If you are a nurse manager/executive, you must supply documentation that you have the Nurse Executive-Advanced certification (NE-A) or verification that you are scheduled to take the NE-A exam.

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 Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

Application Link (if outside organization):
N/A

Accreditation

MSA: Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

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.