Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

Equip yourself to meet the challenges of a complex healthcare sector and improve patient outcomes with this CCNE-accredited DNP online program.

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Program Overview

Explore the benefits of the NKU 100% online DNP program

Prepare to practice nursing at the highest level when you complete your Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Kentucky University. This 100% online program will equip you to meet the challenges of a changing healthcare sector. As a nurse leader, you can be part of the solution to complex healthcare issues as you work to improve the lives of patients, the health of populations, and healthcare systems at a high level.

In this online DNP nursing program, you will:

  • Learn cost-effective strategies to promote and sustain financial viability of practice initiatives
  • Focus on the roles of information systems and electronic data in new and evolving delivery and value-based models as they apply to advanced nursing practice
  • Conceptualize new care delivery models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives
  • Explore the roles of the clinical scholar and leader associated with the scholarship of discovery, integration, and application of knowledge to solve problems across disciplines
  • Learn cost-effective strategies to promote and sustain financial viability of practice initiatives
  • Focus on the roles of information systems and electronic data in new and evolving delivery and value-based models as they apply to advanced nursing practice
  • Conceptualize new care delivery models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives
  • Explore the roles of the clinical scholar and leader associated with the scholarship of discovery, integration, and application of knowledge to solve problems across disciplines

As a graduate of this online program, you will be prepared to lead in advanced roles in healthcare organizations, such as:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Health Information Officer
  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • Chief Patient Experience Officer
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Health Information Officer
  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • Chief Patient Experience Officer

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Nursing programs online. View our online healthcare programs.

Total Tuition $21,105
Program Duration As few as 20 months
Credit Hours 35

Accreditation

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Tuition

Learn more about our affordable tuition

The Post-Master's DNP online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition Breakdown:

Total Tuition $21,105
Per Credit Hour $587
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Calendar

Take note of these dates and deadlines

The Post-Master's DNP online program is flexible and efficient for busy schedules, with accelerated courses that start multiple times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, and be sure to submit your application, registration, documents and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Spring 11/8/241/2/241/4/241/5/241/8/24
Spring 23/11/242/29/243/4/243/8/243/11/24
Summer 15/6/244/24/244/30/245/3/245/6/24
Summer 26/24/246/12/246/18/246/21/246/24/24
Fall 18/19/248/7/248/12/248/16/248/19/24
Fall 210/16/2410/3/2410/8/2410/11/2410/16/24

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Apply Date 2/29/24
Class Starts 3/11/24
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Admissions

Check these admission steps for the online DNP program

The admission process is the first step toward earning your Post-Master's DNP degree online. Before you apply, please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Admission Requirements:

  • Master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • RN license current and unencumbered
  • Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions

Post-Master's DNP Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have 1) a master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, 2) a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, and 3) successfully completed an undergraduate (or higher level) statistics course
  • Complete online application and pay $55 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alum or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions
  • Verification of a current unencumbered U.S. RN license that includes expiration and the state in which you practice
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: educational background, employment history, awards, and accomplishments
  • Submission of a writing sample = Submission of a 500-word scholarly writing sample, authored solely by the prospective student, meeting the criteria on the rubric for evaluation. Rubric for evaluation. DNP Program Writing Sample Rubric
  • Post-Master's DNP applicants must have experience in a professional nursing role including volunteer/community service activities
  • TOEFL scores as needed per international student admission requirements

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Courses

Explore what you will learn in our online DNP program courses

For the Post-Master's DNP online program, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours and the DNP Practicum/Project, a one-hour course that must be taken five times (5 credit hours)—for a total of 35 credit hours.

Students must take the following courses:
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the identification, critique, analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation of evidence to support clinical and organizational practices. It will provide students with knowledge to utilize evidence and theoretical concepts in nursing practice and healthcare systems. Prerequisite: DNP students-admission to the DNP Program; MSN students-MSN 600.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced nursing application of epidemiologic principles and biostatistical data analysis in the clinical assessment, program planning, and implementation of interventional population health strategies. Students will explore historical, socio-cultural, and systemic public health infrastructures for health promotion and prevention, and disease/infection control at the individual, community, national, and global levels. Prerequisite: DNP 800.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of the advanced nursing practice roles through an in-depth analysis of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) “Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.” Emphasis is placed on exploring the roles of the clinical scholar and leader associated with the scholarship of discovery, integration, and application of knowledge to solve problems across disciplines.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examine organizations, identify system issues, and identify leadership principles in facilitating organization-wide changes in practice delivery; promote communication and collaboration with interprofessional teams. Conceptualize new care delivery models that are based in contemporary nursing science and that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives. Prerequisite: DNP 800.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles of business, finance, and economics are explored to develop and implement evidence-based healthcare practice to improve quality of care across systems. Additionally, cost-effective strategies to promote and sustain financial viability of practice initiatives are analyzed and applied. Prerequisite: DNP 800.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores the design, implementation, and outcomes of quality improvement initiatives for patient populations, communities, and healthcare systems. Students will assess organizational culture, qualitative initiatives, and patient safety data to translate findings into systems changes. Systems leadership principles are utilized to facilitate organization-wide changes in practice delivery. Prerequisite: DNP 800 or MSN 602.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the skills to conduct strategic analysis and planning for program development, implementation, and evaluation within healthcare systems. The use of models and theories to enhance healthcare outcomes are incorporated. The principles of working with interprofessional teams are included to improve healthcare. Prerequisite: DNP 800.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The complexity of healthcare policy development and legislation as well as healthcare policy's economic, political, social, and ethical impact on nursing, systems, and populations will be examined. The leadership role of the advanced practice nurse as a change agent to influence healthcare policy will be investigated. Prerequisite: DNP 800.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Particular focus is placed upon the roles of information systems and electronic data in new and evolving delivery and value-based models as they apply to advanced nursing practice. Cultural, ethical, financial, regulatory, and legal issues related to information systems and technologies are examined. Prerequisite: DNP 800.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Understanding and analysis of health data for application to evidence-based nursing practice for public health, health promotion, clinical prevention, and population health. Emphasis is placed on the use of health data and the best evidence in the application and evaluation of recommendations to improve health outcomes. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program or permission of department; pre or co-req DNP 800 or MSN 602.
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
This course provides the student with the opportunity for integration and synthesis of the "Essentials for Advanced Nursing" across the curriculum. Students develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a scholarly project with the guidance of course faculty and a practice mentor that focuses on problems of practice within specific populations. The course is to be taken/repeated up to four times throughout the program. Prerequisites: DNP 800 and DNP 816.
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
This course provides continued enrollment for students needing an additional one credit of Project/Practicum Course after completing five credits of DNP 896 Project/Practicum. This course can be used to meet the post BSN 1000 hours of practicum time and/or completion of the publishable manuscript and/or completion of the project presentation. Prerequisite: DNP 896

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