Indiana DNP Programs

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Indiana DNP Programs

Indiana Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs offer a terminal level nursing degree that is focused on clinical care, rather than research. Currently, there are six programs in Indiana offering the DNP. This number is expecting to grow in the following years as advanced practice licensure and certification begins to move toward requiring a doctoral level degree, rather than a master's.

The common mission of these programs is to prepare nurses to be leaders in the healthcare field. The programs often have a strong focus on evidence-based practice and on improving the quality of care provided in medical facilities. The programs aim to not only further the expertise of advanced practice nurses, but also to prepare graduates to transform clinical practice and shape healthcare policy.

Admission Requirements

Indiana DNP programs vary in terms of admission entry-points. Some programs, such as those offered by Valparaiso University and Purdue University, offer entry to both post-baccalaureate and post-master's applicants. The University of Southern Indiana and Indiana State University, on the other hand, offer admission only to those who have already earned a master's degree.

Admissions requirements are similar for Indiana DNP programs, though some are stricter than others. The University of Southern Indiana requires applicants to have a master's from accredited program, 3.25 GPA or higher, completion of graduate research course, an unencumbered RN license, current resume, three professional references, a personal essay, and an interview. Indiana State University requires applicants to have a minimum of 2 years nursing experience and submit a DNP goal statement, and Non-Nurse Practitioner applicants must submit a professional portfolio. Those who do not speak English as a first language are required by most programs to submit proof of English proficiency.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Credit hours also vary between programs. Valparaiso's curriculum, for example, is made up of 70 post BSN credit hours and 1000 clinical hours, while Purdue's post-BSN curriculum is made up of 83 credit hours and 1,526 clinical hours. Purdue's post-MSN pathway curriculum consists of 37 credit hours, and other post-MSN programs range between 30-40 credits. Most programs require students to complete a capstone or final project.


The cost of tuition varies between programs in Indiana, and not all programs disclose of this information online. The cost of tuition to attend Valparaiso University's DNP program is $655 per credit hour.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Indiana

University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
Purdue University - Calumet Campus
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Indiana University - Iupui
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Ball State University
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306
Indiana State University
200 North 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Valparaiso University
1100 Campus Drive South
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Purdue University
504 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Indiana Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (IN)

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 Indiana 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.

Indiana DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Indiana, 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 are 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 Indiana educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Indiana Board of Nursing to find out more about how Indiana recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Indiana schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Indiana Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Indiana, more and more Indiana 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 Indiana 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, Indiana 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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