Wilkes University’s DNP program is designed for nurses seeking a practice-focused terminal degree that prepares them for a professional leadership role in the 21st century. DNP nurses will be educated to apply research-based scientific knowledge in clinical settings, ensuring achievement of optimum patient outcomes.

Wilkes University is the first institution in northeastern Pennsylvania to offer this degree. AACN recommends that new advanced-practice nurses in the United States be educated to the doctoral level. This includes nurse practitioners, midwives, anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists.


  • Convenient ONLINE program
  • Competitive tuition rate
  • Accomplished, practicing faculty

Master’s-level advanced-practice nurses must complete 30 credits to complete the Wilkes DNP. Master’s-prepared nurses without an advanced-practice component will be evaluated on an individual basis and will take an estimated 45 to 49 credits in the program.

Bachelor’s-level nurses
must complete 66 to 75 credits, depending on the concentration selected. Students with a bachelor’s degree who enroll part-time will be able to complete the degree in about five years.

(Non-advanced-practice nurses only)

  • Adv. Practice DNP
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner







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Deadline to start Spring 2015 (Adv. Practice only) is Oct. 31. Deadline to start Fall 2015 (All programs) is April 1.

Wilkes University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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