This program is designed for RNs who have a master’s degree in nursing and an area of advanced nursing practice.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 47—53 total quarter credits (depending upon total practicum hours earned prior to admission into the program)
    • Core courses (47 cr.)
    • DNP field experience (1—6 cr.)
    • DNP project (completed in NURS 8700 while completing NURS 8410, NURS 8400, NURS 8500, and NURS 8510)

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the DNP Project Overview.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8000 Course Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing Credits (1 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8110 Course Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8200 Course Methods for Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8210 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8300 Course Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8410 Course Best Practices in Nursing Specialties Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8310 Course Epidemiology and Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8400 Course Evidence-Based Practice I: Assessment and Design Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8100 Course Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8500 Course Evidence-Based Practice II: Planning and Implementation Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8510 Course Evidence-Based Practice III: Implementation, Evaluation, and Dissemination Credits (3 cr.)

*NURS 8700, DNP Project Mentoring (0 credits), is taken concurrently with these courses. It will serve as a platform for the ongoing collaborative learning communication between students' and their DNP Project Committee chairs and as a repository for drafts and documentation materials related to the DNP Project. Students will be assigned to sections of NURS 8700 based on their DNP Project Committee chair. There is no cost for the course.

Field Experience

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8600 Course DNP Field Experience Credits (1 cr.)

The DNP requires a minimum of 1,000 post-BSN practicum hours, with at least 500 hours at the DNP level. Students who need more practicum hours to meet this requirement may take this course for additional credits (up to six times). Each credit hour is equal to 72 practicum hours to help students reach a total of 1,000 practicum hours.

Project Completion (if necessary)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8701 Course DNP Project Completion Credits (3 cr. per term as needed to complete the DNP Project.)

This additional 3-credit course is only needed if the student has not completed the DNP project by the end of NURS 8510.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
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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