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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

    (DNP, 36 credits)


    Monmouth University is proud to offer its first doctoral program,
    the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

    Develop your nursing expertise to its highest level.

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master's degree program in which Monmouth University students gain the skills necessary to influence and improve healthcare infrastructure and outcomes through the delivery of quality care. Nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions in the transition to the DNP. Medicine (MD), dentistry (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD), psychology (PsyD), physical therapy (DPT), and audiology (AudD) all offer practice doctorates. As the job market becomes more specialized, those with a doctoral degree have more options than those with without the terminal degree.

    The DNP curriculum focuses on evidence-based practice, organizational and systems leadership, information technology, interprofessional collaboration, emerging practice challenges, and implementing translational research and science into practice. This use of advanced clinical skills and research is consistent with Monmouth's commitment to experiential education.

    A DNP Project, designed to bring together the theoretical and practical work done both in and out of the classroom, is a requirement for all students enrolled. Throughout the program, nurses will gain the knowledge and skills needed to influence access to healthcare, to promote safety standards, and to advocate on a local, regional, and national level for policy that improves delivery systems.


    • 36-credit program that prepares nursing leaders who will improve health care outcomes
    • Focus is on healthcare leadership
    • Practicum experience and capstone project synthesize and integrate learning
    • Part-time program offered online
    • Choice of taking one or two courses a semester (fall, spring, and summer)
    • Distinguished faculty and individualized mentoring for capstone project


    1. A master's degree in nursing or related field (i.e. MBA, MPA, MH) from an accredited institution.
    2. Masters GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
    3. Possession of an active RN license.
    4. Certification in a specialization is preferred.
    5. Employed for at least one year after completing an MSN.
    6. Statement of a vision of her/his leadership role to improve health care outcomes.
    7. Resume that includes details of current practice.
    8. Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.
    9. Official transcripts from all previous college work.
    10. Telephone interview with the DNP Committee.
    11. Current liability and malpractice insurance of $1,000,000 to $3,000,000.
    12. After admission, prior to starting classes, students must submit to the school of Nursing and Health Studies a certificate of good health from a primary care practitioner, including a health history and physical examination with associated laboratory studies, immunizations, and criminal background checks in accordance with the special requirements of affiliation contracts with clinical agencies.


    Applications are currently being accepted

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