• 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 capstone 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 nurse practitioners and nurse administrators for the increasingly complex world of healthcare
    • Clinical focus on direct care and healthcare leadership
    • Practicum experience and capstone project synthesize and integrate learning
    • Part-time program offered online, with three on-campus weekend class sessions required twice a semester
    • Complete the program in two years (six semesters in a cohort based program that begins in the summer).
    • Distinguished faculty and individualized mentoring for capstone project


    1. Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited master's in nursing program.
    2. Possession of an active RN license.
    3. National certification in the specialization as a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Administrator.
    4. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    5. Have completed a graduate research course with a working knowledge of graduate statistics.
    6. Submit a letter of intent indicating professional goals and a vision for change.
    7. Résumé.
    8. Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.
    9. Official transcripts from all previous college work.
    10. Personal interview (telephone interview when appropriate) with the DNP Director.


    The application deadline is December 1

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