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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.

10/07/21 Next Application Due Date
10/20/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$20,510 Total Tuition
As few as 20 months Program Duration
35 Credit Hours

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 work to improve the lives of patients as well as healthcare systems at a high level.

In this online 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
CCNE accredited Nursing Program

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Master of Science in Nursing degrees, an RN to BSN, and several nursing certificates online. Check out our other online nursing programs.

Tuition

The NKU Post-Master's DNP online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$586 Per Credit Hour
$20,510 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour (including fees) Total With Fees
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice $586 $20,510

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined. Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar

The Post-Master's DNP online program features a convenient course schedule with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and take note of associated deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/07/21 Apply By
10/20/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/10/2021 04/28/2021 05/03/2021 05/06/2021 05/10/2021 06/25/2021
Summer 2 06/28/2021 06/16/2021 06/21/2021 06/24/2021 06/28/2021 08/13/2021
Fall 1 08/23/2021 08/11/2021 08/16/2021 08/19/2021 08/23/2021 10/08/2021
Fall 2 10/20/2021 10/07/2021 10/12/2021 10/15/2021 10/20/2021 12/10/2021

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your Post-Master's DNP online from NKU. Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. Requirements for admission include:

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

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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 alumni 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—a document written solely by the prospective student that demonstrates scholarly writing at the graduate level. DNP Program Writing Sample Rubric
  • Verification of current employment; Employment Verification form

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

For the Post-Master's DNP online program, students must complete 10 courses (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.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Identification, critique, analysis, synthesis, application and evaluation of evidence to support clinical and organizational practices. This course will provide students with knowledge to utilize evidence and theoretical concepts in nursing practice and healthcare systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The use of epidemiologic and biostatistical data for the development of evidence-based recommendations for clinical prevention and population health are explored. Concepts of public health, environmental/occupational health, determinants of health, cultural diversity, ethics, emerging infectious diseases, and emergency disaster preparedness are applied to advance nursing practice. Prerequisite: DNP 800.

Duration: 7 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. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program.

Duration: 7 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   |   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   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the design, implementation, and outcomes of quality improvement initiatives for patient populations, communities, and health care 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.

Duration: 7 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   |   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   |   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   |   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: MSN 602.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1 or 1.25

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: 7 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 800.

Note: The DNP 896 course is offered over a semester. If DNP 896 is not completed by the last semester, students may take DNP 897 as continuing credit to complete the scholarly project.

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