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Education and experience are key to standing out in the healthcare industry. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a fairly new way to get ahead in the healthcare field. By 2015, the AACN wishes for it to be necessary to have earned this degree in order to become certified as an advanced practice nurse. The DNP is a degree that focuses on clinical practice, rather than research like the PhD. The DNP teaches nurses the information necessary to be leaders in the healthcare field.
Currently, there is one DNP program offered in the state of Oklahoma, though this number is likely to grow in the future. The University of Oklahoma offers this degree. Due to federal regulations, only residents of the following states can apply to the University of Oklahoma's DNP program: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
This Oklahoma DNP program is open to post-master's applicants only. The program curriculum consists of 47 post-master's degree credits, and can be completed full-time in 28 months, or part-time in 4 years. Courses are completed online, and there is a mandatory on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program. Students are required to own a computer, and there is financial aid available, if necessary, to purchase this equipment.
The preferred application deadline is February 1, though applications may be accepted as late as March 1. The program begins in June. The following admission requirements, in addition to the previously mentioned residency requirement, apply to the University of Oklahoma's DNP program:
Tuition depends on state of residence, and is subject to change. Currently, in-state tuition is $395 per credit hour. Non-resident tuition costs $1,002.20 per credit hour.