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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Explore the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at NMSU Online

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares leaders for the highest level of practice. This nurse practitioner doctorate is the terminal practice degree for nurses. NMSU Online offers two professional specialty tracks:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

100% Online Courses + On-Site Clinical Hours

Although the coursework for these programs is 100% online, the clinical component consists of over 1,000 contact hours. Anyone interested in pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice must degree should make certain that you can make the intensive time commitment that this program requires.

Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

NMSU Online's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is ideal for nurse leaders, public health nurses, nurse informaticists and advanced practice registered nurses who wish to remain at the forefront of patient care.

Our expert faculty prepares you for clinical excellence. Together, students and instructors explore a holistic perspective on coaching individuals and families through developmental, health-illness and situational transitions.

NMSU Online empowers our graduates to initiate evidence-based practice strategies that enhance health care and improve patient outcomes:

  • Develop in-depth leadership roles in addressing complex health problems of the Southwest U.S. Borderlands region, state, and international health disparities, ethics, policy, access, quality, and financing.
  • Research and analyze current and emerging science in the application of advanced practice nursing to the care of individuals, groups, communities, and systems.
  • Design and implement evidence-based practices, ethical and standard decision-making in clinical environment
  • Learn contemporary cost-effective and culturally competent quality healthcare
  • Collaborate and model clinical and ethical accountability for professional advancement.
  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to achieve national quality healthcare goals and reduce health disparities.

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Career Pathways

The rewarding professional possibilities for NMSU Online's Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates may include roles such as:
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Healthcare Executive
  • Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Nursing School Faculty

Program Information

College: Health, Education and Social Transformation

Delivery Format: Hybrid with 100% coursework. On-campus one week per year, usually in May.

Program Credits: 43-50 credits

Program Length: 3-4 years

Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40

Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250

Program Chair: Karen Pech

Accreditation

NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

HLC phone: 800-621-7440

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