Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

There are two enrollment options for the DNP program (post-master's and post-baccalaureate).  The applicant must meet the Graduate School’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the Graduate Catalog.  Admission requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice include: 

Post-Master's DNP Admission Requirements

  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 with board certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist or Nurse Midwife.
  3. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 in graduate course work. Priority will be given to those applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater in graduate coursework.
  4. Graduate level statistics course.
  5. A two page narrative stating the applicant’s professional goals for DNP education and describing how the DNP will contribute to those goals. The narrative should propose a clinical interest or practice problem topic for the applicant’s scholarly DNP project, with a scope that would yield a result such as a system-wide change at the organizational, regional, or national level; a new/revised state health policy; or the implementation of significant new services to a population or geographic region. This narrative will provide insight to the admissions committee on the applicant’s professional goals and expectations, determine whether the applicant’s topic corresponds to existing faculty expertise, and assess written communication skills.
  6. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a graduate-prepared nurse or faculty member. Letters should speak to applicant’s ability to be successful in the DNP, addressing items such as clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, and collaborative skills with other health professionals, nursing leadership, etc. 
  7. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  8. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Study's English Language Proficiency Requirement. (A score of at least 26 on the writing and speaking subsections is required in addition the School of Graduate Study's requirement of 76 for applicants who submit an IBT TOEFL.)
  9. Interview required.
  10. Background check from the CNPD approved vendor with satisfactory results prior to admission.
  11. Applications must be received by specific date (please see program website for additional information).

Post-Baccalaureate DNP Admission Requirements

  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.
  3. A minimum of one year of full-time nursing experience required (two or more years preferred).
    1. Nurse Anesthesia: 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 
    2. Family Nurse Practitioner:  Broad, community-based experience across the lifespan desirable
    3. Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Geriatric nursing experience preferred
    4. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Transition to DNP program fall 2019):  Psychiatric mental health nursing experience preferred
  4. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 baccalaureate nursing coursework. This includes a minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate science coursework. Priority will be given to those applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater in undergraduate and / or graduate nursing coursework. 
  5. Statistics (undergraduate or graduate) course.
  6.  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.
  7. Personal Statement - Submit a typed personal statement that is no more than 2 pages in length and addresses the following three areas:
    • Describe your desired advanced practice specialty area and describe why you have chosen that specialization.
    • Describe your professional goals.
    • Describe why you feel the University of North Dakota is the best suited to help you meet your professional goals.
  8. Professional resume or curriculum vitae. 
  9. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Study's English Language Proficiency Requirement. (A score of at least 26 on the writing and speaking subsections is required in addition the School of Graduate Study's requirement of 76 for applicants who submit an IBT TOEFL.)
  10. Interview  required. 
  11. Background check from the CNPD approved vendor with satisfactory results prior to admission.
  12. Nurse Anesthesia: Evidence of a completed Organic Chemistry I or upper division Biochemistry course.
  13. Applications must be received by track specific date (please see program website for additional information).

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 Graduate School 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. The DNP degree requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree.  Courses in the Post-Master's DNP program and courses in the Post-Baccalaureate DNP program tracks (Nurse Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) are as listed below.  
  8. In 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 (visit track website and consult with Advisor for details).

Post-Master's DNP (33 credits)

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 Teams1-6
NURS 610DNP Capstone2

Post-Baccalaureate DNP (90+ credits)

Nurse Anesthesia Track (94 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 560Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I5
NURS 565Rural Populations and Rural Health3
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 Teams1-6
NURS 610DNP Capstone2

Family Nurse Practitioner Track (91 credits)

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)

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

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track (90 credits)

NURS 500Theories/Concepts Nursing3
NURS 505Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 510Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I3
NURS 585Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 502Evidence for Practice3
NURS 511Adv Physiology/Pathophys II3
NURS 523Health Promotion3
NURS 538Psych Diagnostic Reasoning2
NURS 564Psychopharmacology2
NURS 583Individual Therapy2
NURS 584Group and Family Therapies3
NURS 605Health Policy2
NURS 553Role Development of the NP2
NURS 588Management of Psychopathology I2
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (I)6
NURS 997Independent Study2
NURS 589Management of Psychopathology II2
NURS 597Advanced Clinical Practicum (II)6
PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
NURS 565Rural Populations and Rural Health3
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

Intensives

Students are required to attend periodic on-campus intensive experiences for purposes of professional mentoring, learning, networking, and enhancing skill development.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
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Fax: 701.777.2696

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264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382