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