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Walden University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides relevant and comprehensive coursework that takes your advanced nursing knowledge and expertise to the highest educational level. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our doctoral program meets national standards of quality and relevance for your profession.

With an online DNP degree from Walden, you can be ready, qualified, and in position to:

  • Advance in your specialty.
  • Mentor the next generation of nurses.
  • Assume greater practice and leadership roles in healthcare.
  • Evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes.
  • Promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system.
  • Become a healthcare policymaker and advocate in a broad spectrum of public and private healthcare settings at the national, regional, state, county, and local levels.

Designed to Optimize Your DNP Learning Experience

One of the online DNP programs responding to the critical demand for nursing professionals trained at the doctoral level, Walden’s doctorate in nursing features strong, integrated elements carefully designed to enhance your learning experience:

Comprehensive Coursework

Walden’s multi-faceted Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program requires 47–53 total quarter credits (depending upon total master’s-level practicum hours earned prior to program admission). Each course lasts 11 weeks, followed by a 2-week break. Challenging, culturally relevant coursework covers a range of topics relevant to evolving changes and growing complexities of our healthcare system, including:

  • Healthcare policy and advocacy
  • Quality improvement
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Information systems and technology
  • Advanced nursing practice and organizational and systems leadership

Learn more about Walden’s DNP curriculum.

Distinguished Faculty of Scholar-Practitioners

Walden University’s School of Nursing features an eminent faculty of more than 100 scholars and professionals, 100% of whom hold doctoral degrees. Academically and experientially qualified to teach at graduate and undergraduate levels, they blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and broaden your perspective on the latest issues and best practices in the field of nursing.

DNP Practicum: Site-Based Field Experience

Walden’s DNP degree practicum consists of a series of four online courses taken sequentially. During the four terms, you will accumulate a minimum of 1000 practicum hours, with at least 500 hours at the DNP level. To accomplish this, you will be working in the field in a clinically oriented experience at sites such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Health departments
  • Community centers
  • Medical simulation centers
  • Healthcare policy organizations
  • Organizational and healthcare systems
  • Information systems and technology departments

For a portion of the supervised practicum hours that is not hands-on, you may be involved with the implementation of your DNP project; however, the primary focus of these hours should be on achieving the goals and individual learning outcomes set for the course and practicum experience.

Evidence-Based Doctoral Project

The online doctorate in nursing program gives you the opportunity to gain the competencies to design, develop, implement, and evaluate a focused topic of interest to you. Preparing for your DNP project, you will select a faculty mentor and develop portfolio evidence through an integrative critical review of literature which will lead you to identify a clinical/practice question.

International Networking

As a doctor of nursing practice student, you have the opportunity to join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world sharing the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

Start Advancing Your Career Today!

According to national studies, nurse practitioners holding a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree earned, on average, more than $101,000 in 2015–one of the highest average annual salary among nurse practitioners.1

With your online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, your advanced qualifications can open doors at the highest levels of your profession, giving you the credentials to fill positions of change-making leadership in the healthcare profession.

Walden University, an accredited institution, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners for more than 45 years. Today, more than 57,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificates online at Walden.

Explore Walden University's online bachelor and graduate degree programs for nurses and change your future faster! Earn your doctoral degree in nursing on your own schedule.


1Source: https://www.topregisterednurse.com/doctors-nursing-practice-dnp-salary/

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