Take the next step and earn your DNP degree. Choose Rasmussen University for your DNP because we know how to develop innovative, high caliber thought leaders who are grounded in the core values of nursing.
Innovative and affordable, our online Doctor of Nursing Practice program is for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare and public health and policy. You’ll be guided and supported by distinguished nurse faculty with vast experience in community and clinical settings, who are invested in your success and your future as a leader.?
Our DNP curriculum design team brings over 100 years of nursing teaching experience and even more relevant work experience in settings such as national nursing agencies and clinical facilities—from acute care to academic hospitals. Our curriculum brings relevant practice issues to life resulting in a dynamic advanced practice DNP program for those seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice.
Transformational healthcare leaders are needed more than ever before. Our DNP program inspires you to focus on impacting healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care with a choice of specializations — Executive Leadership and Public Health and Policy. Rasmussen University is one of the few institutions to offer DNP Public Health and Policy as a combined specialization. Either specialization can help prepare you to drive meaningful change in line with your interests and talent.
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The way you learn is part of the journey. Rasmussen University understands life is unpredictable. Sometimes it’s a life-changing event, like a global pandemic. Other times, it’s the little things like a skinned knee or an unexpected load of laundry. That’s where Empowered Learning™ comes in.
Unlike most other nursing doctoral programs, our Empowered Learning™ format is a true game-changer. Empowered Learning puts you in the driver's seat and allows you to learn by doing real-world projects, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers.
Empowered Learning™ features:
Our program is designed for busy nurses, so you can continue to work while you earn your degree. We offer a DNP online curriculum, complemented by local practice experiences that are convenient and relate to your community and interests.
Your DNP support team helps you move through each step of the program, and includes a dedicated Graduate Services advisor, graduate program faculty, mentors and a project advisor. You'll also have access to 24/7 robust research and writing resources and tech support.
Professional identity development is built into the DNP degree curriculum, with a focus on becoming a resilient, practice-focused scholar in today’s changing healthcare environment.
"The healthcare industry is seeking nurses who have DNP degrees. Our DNP program provides the crucial reasoning, judgment, and innovative skills needed to solve the healthcare problems of today."
Joan Rich, DNP, RN, PHN, FCNI
Vice President of School of Nursing
Our experienced faculty understands what it takes to serve the nursing profession at the highest level.
24/7 tech support, robust writing and library research support—plus, the library itself is online.
Building on your prior clinical hours, the practicums help you meet the DNP clinical hour requirement.
Apply your advanced nursing leadership skills in your community through robust practice experiences.
We are committed to providing affordable tuition. Whether you attend full-time or part-time, our credits cost the same and our program credits flex up to help you meet clinical hour requirements.
$695 cost per credit
x 48 total credits
$33,360 total tuition
+ $2,750 total fees
$36,110 estimated total program cost
(with APRN license; assumes 500 clinical hours)
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our Doctor of Nursing Practice online program can be more affordable with loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and military grants for those who qualify. Your employer may provide tuition support or reimbursement to help you fund your education. We are also committed to helping members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We offer a 10% tuition grant to active duty service members, National Guard, Reserve, retired military and veterans.
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Applicants to this program must hold a conferred master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program or a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program and a master’s degree in a related field with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher and possess an active, unencumbered RN license from the state where the clinical hours will be completed. Please speak with an admissions advisor regarding additional entrance requirements.
Completed application packets will be reviewed to determine program acceptance and the number of total clinical/practicum hours earned at the post-baccalaureate level that will apply to the program. This will determine the remaining practicum course hours required to complete the program.
This program is not available to residents of all states. Please speak with an admissions advisor to determine your eligibility for enrollment.