Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

Approved admission to the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program requires the following of all students:

  1. Completion of a master’s degree or higher from an accredited program of nursing
  2. Current U.S. licensure unencumbered and in good standing as a Registered Nurse (upload Nursys verification report in application)
  3. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 from a previous graduate program (official transcripts must be submitted)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  6. Active national certification in an advance practice registered nurse (APRN) specialty
  7. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  8. Statement of goals
  9. Interview may be required (via web, phone, or in person)
  10. Successful passage of criminal background check and drug screen will be required upon offer of admission
  11. Satisfaction of current health and immunization policy of the Department of Nursing will be required upon offer of admission

Approved admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program requires the following of all students:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited program of nursing
  2. Current U.S. licensure unencumbered and in good standing as a Registered Nurse (upload Nursys verification report in application)
  3. Minimum of one year of critical care nursing experience within the U.S., its territories or a U.S. military hospital outside of the U.S. required 
  4. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0. This includes a minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate science coursework
  5. Evidence of a completed statistics course (undergraduate or graduate)
  6. Evidence of a completed Organic Chemistry I or upper division Biochemistry course
  7. Typed personal statement that is no more than two pages in length and addresses the following three areas:
    1. Describe why you have chosen the Nurse Anesthesia specialization
    2. Describe your professional goals
    3. Describe why you feel the University of North Dakota program is best suited to help you meet your professional goals
  8. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a manager or supervisor, a healthcare provider, or nursing faculty member. Letters should speak to applicant's ability to be successful in the DNP program, addressing items such as clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, and collaborative skills with other health professionals, nursing leadership, etc
  9. Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  10. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  11. Interview required 
  12. Successful passage of criminal background check and drug screen will be required upon offer of admission
  13. Satisfaction of current health and immunization policy of the Department of Nursing will be required upon offer of admission

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Nursing Department. The DNP nursing courses are offered online.

  1. Completion of all course work with GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all designated clinical hours.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a DNP project.
  4. Satisfactory completion of the DNP project paper.
  5. Satisfactory completion of an on-campus oral presentation and defense of the DNP Project.
  6. Compose a scholarly product (i.e. abstract/manuscript/poster) for presentation and/or publication.
  7. Courses in the Post-Master's DNP program and courses in the Post-Baccalaureate DNP program tracks are as listed below.  
  8. For students admitted in fall 2018 to the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner post-baccalaureate tracks, a master’s degree conferment is available after completing the first two years of coursework allowing students to sit for the national certification exam while continuing to pursue their doctoral degree (consult with Advisor for details).

Post-Master's DNP (36 credits)

PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
NURS 600Integrated DNP Core Concepts I3
NURS 601Integrated DNP Core Concepts II3
NURS 602Evidence Based Research I3
NURS 603Evidence-Based Research II3
NURS 604Health Informatics3
NURS 605Health Policy2
NURS 606DNP Systems Focused Practice I2
NURS 607DNP Systems Focused Practice II3
NURS 608Healthcare Economics, Finance and Leadership3
NURS 609DNP Project Teams (I)2
NURS 609DNP Project Teams (II)2
NURS 609DNP Project Teams (III)2
NURS 610DNP Capstone2
Total Credits36

Post-Baccalaureate DNP (90+ credits)

Nurse Anesthesia Track (97 credits)

NURS 505Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 508Nurse Anesthesia Review Course1
NURS 515Basic Principles of Anesthesia Practice I3
NURS 510Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I3
NURS 511Adv Physiology/Pathophys II3
NURS 516Basic Principles of Anesthesia Practice II3
NURS 518Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Anesthesia2
NURS 524Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists1
NURS 528Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Practice I4
NURS 529Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Practice II6
NURS 542Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice3
NURS 560Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I5
NURS 565Rural Populations and Rural Health 3
NURS 561Clinical Anesthesia Practicum II3
NURS 562Clinical Anesthesia Practicum III4
NURS 563Clinical Anesthesia Practicum IV6
NURS 576Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V5
NURS 585Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 600Integrated DNP Core Concepts I3
PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
NURS 601Integrated DNP Core Concepts II3
NURS 602Evidence Based Research I3
NURS 603Evidence-Based Research II3
NURS 604Health Informatics3
NURS 605Health Policy2
NURS 606DNP Systems Focused Practice I2
NURS 607DNP Systems Focused Practice II3
NURS 608Healthcare Economics, Finance and Leadership3
NURS 609DNP Project Teams (I)2
NURS 609DNP Project Teams (II)2
NURS 609DNP Project Teams (III)2
NURS 610DNP Capstone2
Total Credits97

Family Nurse Practitioner Track (91 credits)
No longer admitting students. Please refer to Family Nurse Practitioner Master's Degree program.

NURS 500Theories/Concepts Nursing3
NURS 505Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 510Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I3
NURS 523Health Promotion3
NURS 502Evidence for Practice3
NURS 511Adv Physiology/Pathophys II3
NURS 544Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care2
NURS 585Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 559Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care2
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (I)5
NURS 605Health Policy2
NURS 531Adult-Gerontology Illness Management I3
NURS 553Role Development of the NP2
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (II)6
NURS 532Family Centered Advanced Practice Nursing3
NURS 533Adult-Gerontology Illness Management II3
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (III)6
NURS 997Independent Study2
PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
NURS 600Integrated DNP Core Concepts I3
NURS 601Integrated DNP Core Concepts II3
NURS 602Evidence Based Research I3
NURS 603Evidence-Based Research II3
NURS 604Health Informatics3
NURS 606DNP Systems Focused Practice I2
NURS 607DNP Systems Focused Practice II3
NURS 608Healthcare Economics, Finance and Leadership3
NURS 609DNP Project Teams6
NURS 610DNP Capstone2
Total Credits91

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track (90 credits)
No longer admitting students. Please refer to Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Master's Degree program.

NURS 500Theories/Concepts Nursing3
NURS 505Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 510Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I3
NURS 523Health Promotion3
NURS 502Evidence for Practice3
NURS 511Adv Physiology/Pathophys II3
NURS 544Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care2
NURS 585Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (I)5
NURS 605Health Policy2
NURS 531Adult-Gerontology Illness Management I3
NURS 553Role Development of the NP2
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (II)6
NURS 545Care of the Frail Older Adult3
NURS 533Adult-Gerontology Illness Management II3
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (III)6
NURS 997Independent Study2
PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
NURS 600Integrated DNP Core Concepts I3
NURS 601Integrated DNP Core Concepts II3
NURS 602Evidence Based Research I3
NURS 603Evidence-Based Research II3
NURS 604Health Informatics3
NURS 606DNP Systems Focused Practice I2
NURS 607DNP Systems Focused Practice II3
NURS 608Healthcare Economics, Finance and Leadership3
NURS 609DNP Project Teams6
NURS 610DNP Capstone2
NURS 611Rural Healthcare Forum1
Total Credits90