Doctor Of Nursing Practice
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
Aug 24, 2020

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 will 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.

*At this time, the DNP is unable to accept students who reside in the state of New York. 

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With specialized training in nursing at the graduate level and nursing experience, you have many practical skills for solving real-world problems in healthcare practice. Liberty University’s DNP program provides 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 training as a nurse practitioner online with Liberty University, you will gain the skills you need to be 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 post-graduate, terminal nursing degree which focuses on applying the latest health sciences research and technology to clinical nursing practice. The DNP builds 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 post-master doctoral degree in nursing with a greater emphasis on scholarly research, you may be interested in the Ph.D. in Nursing — Nurse Education.

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 will 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 have hands-on experience by completing an optional intensive course during your program. 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 post-graduate 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 nurse practitioner programs and doctorates, you may have questions about how Liberty’s Doctor of Nursing Practice online programs can help you meet your career goals. Below are some common questions about earning doctor of nursing degree programs 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 nurse practitioner 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 will apply theory, clinical, and administrative knowledge, as well as best practices and policy, to design and implement inter-collaborative innovative solutions to improve healthcare.

You will engage in cutting-edge research through your program that can prepare you to address real-world problems in the nursing industry and can establish you as an expert in the field. With hands-on work in your practicum and your scholarly project, you will have the perspective and experience to apply what you learn.

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Admission Requirements

Our Online DNP Degree Program Highlights

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Earning your online DNP degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will 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 5 years – and counting.
  • You can complete this online DNP program in as little as 2 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.
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for this program.
  • View the Graduate Nursing Course Guides (login required).
  • Review the DNP Student Handbook (login required).

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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 management
  • 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, the DNP is unable to accept students who reside in the state of New York. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts showing CCNE or ACEN approved MSN degree
  • 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

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.