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Earn your online DNP from the leader in doctoral nursing education.1

As a nurse dedicated to your patients and the field, you have the potential to play a larger role in healthcare’s transformation. Turn your passion into positive, tangible impact with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Walden.

Our online DNP program empowers you to turn your ideas for innovative nursing and healthcare practice into reality. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to improve patient care delivery, mentor future nurses, and be a voice for patients and families.

A DNP prepares nurses to influence patient outcomes and advance practice through high-level positions—from administrative and managerial roles to academia and beyond. Walden’s DNP degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), with curriculum aligned to the latest standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and National League for Nursing.

Personalize Your Path

Select our DNP Program or one of six specializations, including five that prepare you to seek nurse practitioner certifications.

Enhance Your Résumé

In your DNP project, you’ll build a portfolio by working directly with a local healthcare partner to address a challenge they face.

Impact Your Community

Explore the complex factors that affect health outcomes and become an advocate for improving healthcare in your community.

Start With Your BSN

Many of our DNP specializations offer a BSN entry point if you’re ready to move your career forward—but don’t have your MSN.


Receive up to a $4,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Choose the BSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Choose the MSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your master’s in nursing degree.

DNP Program

Enhance your clinical practice leadership skills to help improve nursing practice and delivery of patient care.

Specialty Practice

Executive Leadership NEW!

Develop greater management expertise and harness your experience to serve as a leader and role model in your organization.

Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner NEW!

Build the knowledge and skills to care for patients 13 and older with complex acute and unstable chronic medical conditions.

Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner NEW!

Gain the advanced training to oversee the health and well-being of patients 13 and older and improve health outcomes.

Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) NEW!

Prepare to manage disease prevention, health promotion, and restorative care in patients of all ages.

Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care NEW!

Prepare to oversee the health and wellness of patients from birth to age 21 in pediatric primary care settings.

Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) NEW!

Learn to care for the mental and emotional well-being of patients with psychiatric disorders and emotional challenges.


Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

Program Admission Considerations (MSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

Impact Patient Care at a Higher Level

Earning your online Doctor of Nursing Practice from Walden can prepare you to lead innovation in an evolving field. Position yourself for advanced clinical nursing and leadership roles, mold the next generation of nurses, and promote a more effective, efficient, and affordable healthcare system for all.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). With deep expertise in online learning, she has developed and implemented curricula for various nursing programs, including a university nurse-midwifery program and nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

  • Carolyn Sipes

    Core Faculty

    As a professor, Dr. Sipes has more than 35 years of clinical, research, academic, and informatics experience. She is certified as an advanced nurse executive (NEA-BC) and informatics nursing specialist (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

  • Diane Whitehead

    Diane Whitehead

    Senior Core Faculty

    Dr. Whitehead has been actively teaching and administering associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degree nursing programs for many years. She is a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Whitehead received the Walden University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in 2020.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online DNP program will be prepared to:

  • Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs.
  • Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings.
  • Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy makers.
  • Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and population health outcomes.
  • Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes.
  • 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.

Career Outlook

Expand Your Possibilities. Inspire Change.

In an era of preventive healthcare and growing patient populations, advanced practice nurses play a vital role in improving patient care and outcomes. According to a report by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), expanding roles and responsibilities for nurses with advanced degrees is essential to changing the trajectory of U.S. healthcare delivery.2

Earning an online DNP degree is an essential part of gaining greater career mobility and expanding your possibilities. Forge a clear path to new opportunities 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 academically prepare you for a variety of roles, including:

  • Chief nursing officer (CNO)3
  • Nurse administrator4
  • Clinical director4
  • Nursing informatics specialist5

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this DNP program.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can academically prepare you for career opportunities in settings such as: 

  • Hospitals
  • Offices of physicians
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient care centers

Increase Your Earning Potential

Since high-level roles in healthcare typically come with more responsibilities, earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can potentially lead to a greater salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median pay for a chief executive in healthcare and social assistance industries is $160,950 per year. However, the salary range for chief executives typically falls between approximately $62,780 and $208,000.6

Salary ranges can vary widely for individuals, depending on prior education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years spent practicing, geographic location, place of employment, and other applicable factors.


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