As an advanced practice nurse, you have devoted your career to making a difference in your patients’ lives.

Now you can build on your knowledge and expertise to strengthen your advanced nursing practice, augment healthcare delivery, and improve patient outcomes through Walden’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. The online DNP degree’s coursework covers a range of topics, including healthcare policy and advocacy, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, information systems and technology, advanced nursing practice, and organizational and systems leadership.

Why earn your online DNP degree from Walden?

Our online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program incorporates fieldwork to allow you to apply your learning in a real-world environment. Review the PDF for the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the field experience within our DNP program.

With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing calling for advanced practice nurses to hold doctoral degrees, such as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, by 2015,* earning your DNP at Walden can position you for advancement in your specialty. Assume greater practice and leadership roles in healthcare organizations, evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes, and promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system.

Our online DNP degree program can do more than give you the opportunity to change your world—it can provide you with the knowledge and practical experience to positively change the lives of others.

DNP Accreditation

CCNEWalden’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Among other benefits, CCNE accreditation:

  • Ensures the DNP program meets national standards of quality and relevance to the profession.
  • Prepares you to address the need for highly trained advanced practice nurses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our DNP program will be prepared to:

  1. Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice.
  2. Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs.
  3. Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings.
  4. Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy-makers.
  5. Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and population health outcomes.
  6. Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes.
  7. Establish a foundation for lifelong learning for continual elevation of contributions to the field of nursing through active involvement in professional organizations and/or other professional bodies

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing, DNP Talking Points, on the internet at www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/talking-points (viewed online July 31, 2017).

Walden University’s DNP, MSN, and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K St., NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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