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Maximize Your Potential To Lead

Prepare for the future of nursing through highly relevant coursework — all in a professional-friendly, accelerated format. With Wilkes University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, you will achieve the terminal degree for advanced practice registered nurses. This online, post-master's DNP program is an accelerated educational experience designed to give you the essential skills and highest level of nursing expertise to work in a clinical setting or leadership role.

With your DNP degree, you’ll have the skills and expertise to influence healthcare outcomes through systems leadership and health policy implementation. You may also work in the following roles and have an impact on direct patient care: nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner.

Accelerated and Focused

Complete your DNP in just six terms (less than two years) while continuing to fulfill your current roles and responsibilities. We offer competitive tuition without compromising rigor and quality.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on the following criteria.

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree (3.0 GPA) from a master’s or doctoral degree granting institution with programmatic (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) and regional accreditation*
  • Official transcripts from master’s degree and post-graduate/APRN certificate granting institutions, as appropriate*
  • A current unencumbered RN license; APRN license if appropriate**
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Validation of Clinical Hours Form: form completed documenting supervised clinical practice hours during master's and/or post-graduate/APRN certificate program. Verification must be provided by the nursing program where the clinical hours were completed.
  • Check state authorization

These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for programs. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates as needed for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

Transfer Credits: All graduate programs will allow 9 total transfer credits (must be a 3.0 or higher).

* Students who graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.

**Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review process by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2024

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* The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/ Doctor of Nursing Practice and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (