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Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online*, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024

Complete Our Online DNP Program and Perform at the Highest Level of Nursing Practice!

Are you a post-master nursing professional who wants to take your career to new heights? Liberty University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can help take you to a new level of advanced nursing practice within your desired specialty. You will be trained in the doctoral-level skills necessary to apply evidence-based clinical decision-making and culturally competent care to individuals, families, and community populations while promoting the synthesis of academic knowledge with ethically sound nursing practice.

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With specialized training in nursing at the graduate level and nursing experience, you already have many practical skills for solving real-world problems in healthcare practice. Liberty University’s DNP program provides the training and scholarship in nursing leadership, management techniques, and advanced nursing practice that you need for the next step in your career. By earning your DNP online with Liberty University, you can gain the skills you need to become a leader in the nursing field and help hospitals and health practices thrive.

What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?

A Doctor of Nursing Practice or DNP is a terminal nursing degree that focuses on applying the latest health sciences research and technology to clinical nursing practice. The DNP helps build on nurses’ experience in practice and administrative roles to use advanced strategies and techniques to improve healthcare outcomes for hospitals and healthcare practices.

By examining hands-on nursing practice through the lens of large-scale studies and important advancements in health sciences, DNP graduates can help their hospitals and healthcare practices grow and provide better care. For a doctoral degree in nursing with a greater emphasis on scholarly research, you may be interested in the PhD in Nursing – Nursing Education.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

Licensure requirements may vary and are subject to change without notice. View your state’s requirements here: licensure/certification requirements.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree?

Our online DNP degree is an industry leader in nursing practice programs, taught by nursing professionals with real-world experience. As an advanced practice nurse or nurse leader, you can build on your knowledge of clinical prevention, population health, and policy through the application of evidence and collaboration with stakeholders and professionals, setting you apart from your peers.

These opportunities will be provided to you in an online format that is enhanced through the opportunity to receive hands-on experience through practicums. Liberty University’s online courses provide a flexible and practical approach to your doctoral education that can help you meet your career goals while staying in your current role.


CCNE Accredited

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Earning your degree from us means that you’re receiving your training from a school that is well-respected and recognized among employers and other higher education institutions.

Additionally, Liberty’s Doctor of Nursing Practice is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You can rest assured knowing that your degree has met rigorous accreditation standards needed to provide you with a top-of-the-line Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

Common Questions

While researching online nursing programs and doctorates, you may have questions about how Liberty’s Doctor of Nursing Practice online program can help you meet your career goals. Below are some common questions about completing a doctor of nursing degree program online.

What is the difference between nurse practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees?

What can you do with a DNP?

What is the Doctor of Nursing Practice salary average?

Are online nursing programs respected?

What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Nursing Practice Online Degree Program?

Liberty University’s DNP online degree is based on the curriculum guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) “Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.” Throughout the program, you can learn to apply theoretical, clinical, and administrative knowledge as well as best practices and policy to design and implement inter-collaborative innovative solutions to improve healthcare.

Additionally, you will engage in cutting-edge research that can help prepare you to address real-world problems in the nursing industry so you can become an expert in the field. With hands-on work in your practicums and your scholarly project, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn.

Featured Courses

  • NURS 700 – Advanced Nursing Research
  • NURS 716 – Applications of Evidence-Based Care
  • NURS 832 – Clinical Prevention and Biostatistics
  • NURS 834 – Healthcare Operations and Financial Management

Course guides available upon request

Degree Information
Doctoral Webinar
Admission Requirements

Our Online DNP Degree Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online DNP degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • You can complete this online DNP program in as little as 2.5 years.
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art digital resources and full-time research staff to help you engage in top-tier research.

Our Online DNP Degree Information

  • This DNP program falls under the School of Nursing.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for this program.
  • View the Graduate Nursing Course Guides (login required).
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Additional DNP Program Information


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Practicum Sites

Potential Careers with a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice

  • Clinical researcher
  • Healthcare manager
  • Nursing administrator
  • University professor

Admission Requirements for Our Online DNP Degree Program

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

At this time, our DNP degree is limited in certain states. Please view the licensure/certification requirements for your state. International students can contact the School of Nursing for questions about admission to their specific degree of interest.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts showing CCNE- or ACEN-approved MSN degree
  • Current and active RN license
  • Documentation for APRN license and associated professional certification (if applicable — see full admission page for more details)
  • Clinical education prerequisites (if applicable — see full admission page for more details)
  • Writing Sample
  • Practicum Hour Verification Form
  • American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

Prerequisite Course

A graduate biostatistics course is required for coursework in this program. Students who do not meet this requirement may be granted admission to the program but must complete the prerequisite before the necessary doctoral course(s). Refer to your individual program Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

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*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

Doctoral Nursing Information and Q&A Webinar

Below is an archived recording of the doctoral nursing informational webinar. Please note that this webinar covers all nursing doctoral programs. If you have further questions about a specific program, please request information.

Liberty School Of Nursing Webinar

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

For questions about the accreditation of Liberty University, please contact:

Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Ln.
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500

Inquiries about the institution itself, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.