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.
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.
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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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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?
DNP and nurse practitioner programs offer many similar career options and content, however there is a difference between how each program approaches the nursing field. Nurse practitioner programs are not terminal doctorates, and they do not provide the opportunity to pursue advanced research in many areas. A nurse practitioner program focuses on the clinical aspects of improving nursing practice, and often have specialized studies in departmental or healthcare areas. These programs are generally designed to certification requirements, which can also be met outside of a DNP program.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a more in-depth, doctoral-level degree that pursues a balanced approach of practice and theory to solve problems in the nursing field. Liberty University’s online DNP program guides you through cutting-edge research and studies that will equip you to use advanced health assessment techniques to improve health outcomes in your practice.
You will also have the ability to teach and administrate nursing programs that will train the next generation of qualified healthcare professionals. Liberty’s DNP is the best next step for you if you want to be a nurse leader who can make a positive impact on healthcare. And, if you want to pursue certification to become a nurse practitioner later, you can use your DNP studies as a basis for content and research that will make you more marketable and successful in the field.
What can you do with a DNP?
For registered nurses, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) provides many career paths for nursing professionals who have advanced nursing graduate degrees. With our program, you will learn how to engage in ground-breaking scholarship, including clinical research, that can help many healthcare organizations improve how they approach patient care.
You will also gain a foundation of management and administration skills that will help you succeed in leadership roles, or in the role of program director. By gaining a wide and in-depth exposure to nursing practice at every level, your DNP degree will open the door to university teaching, where you can help prepare nursing students for the profession. You can have all of these options and more with a DNP degree from Liberty University.
What is the Doctor of Nursing Practice salary average?
Pursuing the DNP program with Liberty University can open new opportunities for higher-paying positions in the nursing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nursing instructors and teachers of nursing programs at the university level earned a median salary of $83,160 in 2019.* Additionally, DNP-prepared nurse practitioners earned an average salary of $111,840 in 2019.** This means that you can have the potential for a high wage if you earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019 25-1072 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary (viewed online June 3, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019 29-1171 Nurse Practitioners (viewed online June 3, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Are online nurse practitioner programs respected?
Accredited online DNP programs meet the same requirements for academic quality, training, and content as residential degrees with the same credential. Liberty University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice holds accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), so you can be confident in your degree. With state-of-the-art online training, you will gain new skills and build on your nursing practice to meet the unique challenges in your new career.
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.
Please note: In support of students and in compliance with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requirements, Liberty University School of Nursing DNP and APRN Certificate programs work with students to provide precepted practicum placements. During this time of COVID 19, many hospitals and clinics have closed their sites to nurse practitioner and DNP students. This may lead to sites being unavailable to students for a time. This inability to place students in practicum sites may delay enrollment in practicum courses and ultimately graduation.
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 BestColleges.com — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Niche.com. 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 6 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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
- 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).
Additional DNP Program Information
Students must hold a current and active RN license within the United States.
Enrollment in one of Liberty University’s licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements are outlined on this program page and the admission requirements page linked on the Admission Requirements tab. Students enrolled in a licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined for their program. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the institution, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state Board of Nursing.
Licensure requirements for any state are subject to change without notice. Liberty University is not responsible for knowing when changes occur. Additionally, there might be other states with unique licensure requirements. Please reference our State Requirements for NP and APRN Licensure page for further information.
Liberty University Online State Approval Disclosure
Students residing in the state of Washington are currently unable to complete their practicum within the state. However, it is possible for students to complete their practicum in neighboring states. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.
Prospective students should contact their state’s Department of Education or Board of Nursing to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program (some states may reserve clinical sites for in-state residential students). Most online DNP courses are offered in an 8-week format year-round.
The School of Nursing is unable to approve students to participate in practicums in the state of California. This is due to CA regulations which indicate out of state Nurse Practitioner programs requesting clinical placements in a clinical practice setting must now obtain board approval. The board has not created an application or formalized process at this time. Students may be eligible for an appeal if they are able to complete the practicum requirements in a neighboring state.
Currently, Liberty’s DNP programs are not approved for students to participate in practicum requirements in the state of Louisiana. The LA Board of Nursing requires approval for all APRN programs and practicums. The School of Nursing will be seeking board approval, however until granted, students are not permitted to participate in clinical/practicums in the state.
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.
In support of students and in compliance with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requirements, Liberty University School of Nursing DNP and APRN Certificate programs work with students to provide precepted practicum placements. During this time of COVID 19, many hospitals and clinics have closed their sites to nurse practitioner and DNP students. This may lead to sites being unavailable to students for a time. This inability to place students in practicum sites may delay enrollment in practicum courses and ultimately graduation.
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
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.