Prepare for leadership with our online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.
As a nurse dedicated to your patients and the field, you want to play a bigger role in healthcare’s transformation. Turn your passion into impact with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Walden. An online DNP program prepares nurses to influence patient outcomes through top-level positions—from administrative and managerial roles to academics and beyond. You can feel confident in a post-master’s DNP program that’s accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Almost 90% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.7
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that the DNP be the minimum required degree for those seeking a career in advanced practice nursing.2 Earning your doctorate in nursing at Walden can prepare you to lead innovation in an evolving field. Position yourself for advanced practice and leadership roles; mold the next generation of nurses; and promote a more effective, efficient, and affordable healthcare system for all.
Graduates of Walden’s online DNP program will be prepared to:
In an era of preventive healthcare and growing patient populations, nurses with advanced degrees are being called upon to do more. According to a report by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), giving nurses with advanced degrees expanded new roles and opportunities is essential to changing the trajectory of U.S. healthcare delivery.3
An online DNP degree can propel you further in your career and qualify you for opportunities you never imagined. Forge a clear path to top-level roles in administration, management, research, and policymaking. Use your unique educational perspective and experience to empower new nursing professionals to shape a brighter future for the industry.
A Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can provide greater career mobility, paving the way to roles such as:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this DNP program.
Since top-level roles in healthcare typically come with more responsibilities, earning a DNP degree can potentially lead to a greater salary. Some examples of average salaries include:
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1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP codes 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse); 51.3808 (Nursing Science); 51.3818 (Nursing Practice). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing. DNP Talking Points.
3Source: Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing Focus on Scope of Practice (October 2010).
4Source: PayScale. Chief Nursing Officer, Research Director With Clinical Research Skills, Nurse Administrator (retrieved July 12, 2019). National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries or salary growth, and are subject to change.
5Source: Glassdoor. Clinical Instructor (retrieved July 12, 2019). National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries or salary growth, and are subject to change.
6Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.
7Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Note on licensure
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is not a licensure program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.