Nebraska DNP Programs

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Nebraska DNP Programs

Nebraska universities are beginning to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in order to improve the quality of healthcare. DNP is a terminal nursing degree that focuses on clinical practice, rather than research.

The common mission of Nebraska DNP programs is to prepare nurses to provide the highest possible level of care and leadership. The programs aim to help further the expertise of advanced practice nursing.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Currently, two universities in Nebraska offer the DNP: The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University. The former offers a post-MSN program consisting of 35 credits and approximately 500 clinical hours, and plans to add a post-BSN entry-point in the future. Creighton University offers entry to both post-bachelor's and post-master's applicants. The post-BSN curriculum is 72-25 credit hours and includes 1,200 supervised clinical hours. Creighton's post-MSN curriculum consists of 27-30 credit hours and a minimum of 375 supervised clinical hours. Post-master's DNP students must complete at least 1,000 clinical hours in order to graduate.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary between the two Nebraska DNP programs, but there are many similarities. Students should expect to have to meet the following requirements:

  • Degree from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • Successful completion of statistics and physical assessment course
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (3.4 is required by the University of Nebraska)
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current RN license with Nebraska eligibility


Tuition costs are subject to change, and vary depending on whether the individual applying is a resident of Nebraska or non-resident. Resident tuition at The University of Nebraska Medical Center is currently $439.50 per credit hour, while non-residents pay $890.50 per credit hour.

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Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
University of Nebraska
60th & Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Nebraska Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (NE)

As of May 28, 2010, the state of Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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.

Nebraska DNP Degree Prerequisites

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

Online DNP Programs for Nebraska Nurses

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