Wilkes University

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program is designed in concert with the mission of the University and the Passan School of Nursing. The goal of the doctoral program is to produce knowledgeable, competent, and clinically proficient advanced-practice nurses with the skills and dispositions needed to serve in leadership capacities in their respective fields.

The primary elements of the program are applied research and clinical practice. These two elements are embedded in courses throughout the program with opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills to problems and practice in the students' respective fields.

Online Format:

Wilkes University's fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused program grounded in applied research and clinical practice. The 30-credit DNP curriculum focuses on the latest scientific knowledge, information technology advances, and evolving public health policy. Our DNP program is designed to produce clinical leaders who can translate evidence-based research directly into practice. All Wilkes online DNP students also complete a mentored capstone Scholarly Project in a clinical setting.

Admission requirements include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree - advanced practice nurse, nurse executive, nursing informatics, clinical nurse leader, or health policy concentrations
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from a programmatically accredited institution [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC | National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)] master's degree-granting institution
  • RN License; and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License and national board certification, as appropriate
  • Completed application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 200 supervised clinical practice hours during advanced practice registered nursing or nurse executive master's program or post-graduate certificate program. Verification of completed hours must be provided by the School of Nursing where the clinical hours were completed and must be submitted on official school letterhead. Transcripts are not considered official verification and will not be accepted as verification. (Please note: The DNP degree requires completion of a total of 1,000 clinical hours earned during master's/post-graduate certificate, and the DNP program)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript from degree-granting institutions

Course of Study

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses (30 credits)

  • NSG 600 (3) Nursing Informatics
  • NSG 601 (3) Biostatistics
  • NSG 602 (3) Ethical Principles for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NSG 603 (3) Application of Nursing Research
  • NSG 604 (3) Epidemiology and Environmental Health
  • NSG 605 (3) Collaboration in Health Care Delivery
  • NSG 606 (3) Diversity and Social Issues
  • NSG 607 (3) Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NSG 608a and NSG 608b (6) Scholarly Project*

* DNP students are required to complete a Scholarly Project that demonstrates mastery of program content through the completion of a clinical pilot study. The Scholarly Project is 6 credits and is completed over the last 32 weeks of the program. Each Scholarly Project is unique and directed at making a practice or policy change. To qualify, a Scholarly Project must: 1. Be clinically focused 2. Have NO control group; and 3. Use outcome data to support a practice or policy change. Scholarly Projects are overseen by a Scholarly Project Chairperson at Wilkes University plus an onsite clinical mentor of the student's choosing. The Chairperson will validate that the student has completed the required clinical hours for the project. The final project is presented to the Scholarly Project Committee via webcam or onsite at the university.


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