Idaho DNP Programs

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Idaho DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree is new to the State of Idaho. Idaho State University was the first to begin offering this program, starting fall 2013, but more are sure to be available in the future. The program's objective is to help graduates thrive in the increasingly complex healthcare field and to prepare them for the application of evidence-based practice.

Addmission Requirements

In addition to submission of the appropriate application and fees, the following admission requirements apply to Idaho State University's DNP program:

  • Must have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited program (official transcripts are required)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE score in at least the 50th percentile
  • Evidence of English proficiency (for non-first language English speakers)
  • Verification of current RN license in good standing
  • Preadmission interview
  • 3-4 page professional essay
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • 2 years or more documented healthcare or nursing experience is preferred, but not required.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The Idaho State University DNP program is open to post-BSN and post-MSN graduates. The BSN to DNP program takes three years to complete, and is comprised of 74-76 credits, including core courses and a scholarly project.

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280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: (208) 334-3110
Fax: (208) 334-3262

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Idaho Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (ID)

As of May 28, 2010, the state of Idaho does not currently offer a DNP degree program at any of their local colleges or universities. If you are a nurse seeking DNP certification, NurseGroups recommends that you research your distance learning/ online program options.

See the online DNP program section of this article for a link to one such program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Idaho DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Idaho DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Idaho, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there is strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Idaho educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Idaho Board of Nursing to find out more about how Idaho recognizes DNPs.

Online DNP Programs for Idaho Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Idaho, more and more Idaho higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Idaho to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Idaho nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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