North Dakota DNP Programs

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North Dakota DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is fairly new to North Dakota. Currently, only North Dakota State University (NDSU) offers the program. Other colleges and universities are likely to develop similar programs, as the AACN wishes to move the minimum level of education for advanced practice from the MSN to the DNP.

The mission of this North Dakota DNP program is to further the knowledge of nurses and promote leadership in meeting healthcare needs of diverse populations.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

North Dakota State University's DNP program has entry-points for students with a bachelor's or a master's degree. The post-BSN curriculum is made up of 86 credits, including Role Integration Practicum and a Clinical Dissertation. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must not earn less than a "B" in more than 2 classes. The post-BSN curriculum must be completed within 7 years of admission.

Post-MSN students must also complete 86 post-bachelor's degree credits, including didactic and practicum courses and demonstration of scholarship and didactic support courses. There is also a portfolio review requirement and a final oral examination.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to the DNP program:

  • BSN and/or MSN from an accredited program
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher (3.3 for MSN)
  • Completed application (along with references and essay)
  • Admission interview

The following additional admission requirements apply to post-MSN applicants only:

  • Verification of licensure
  • Copy of most recent advanced practice certification/recertification
  • 7-10 page essay identifying a clinical issue to address
  • Computer proficiency


Tuition at the North Dakota State University depends on residency and is subject to change. Base tuition currently ranges from $6,336-16,918, depending on the state in which the applicant resides.

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North Dakota Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (ND)

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 North Dakota 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.

North Dakota DNP Degree Prerequisites

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

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

Online DNP Programs for North Dakota Nurses

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