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Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Delivery: 
    Primarily Online
  • Cost: 
    $966.58 per credit (MN resident); $976.01 per credit (non-resident)
  • Total credits: 
    37-38
  • Credential: 
    Doctorate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
    3.0
  • Application deadlines: 
    November 1, (priority); February 15 (final)
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    School of Nursing

The post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in a nursing specialty from a fully accredited institution and want to take the next step. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world. Students will be equipped to evaluate systems, utilize research, and lead changes in protocol, practice, and health care policies in a range of systems and settings.

The DNP program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

International Students

Applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.

Program Format

The post-master’s option of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a three-semester (or one full year) program delivered almost entirely online.

Students in this specialty are required to come to campus once each semester for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with your advisor. All other work is completed online.

Sample Curriculum