Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Duke University School of Nursing is aware of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to students, as well as colleges and universities around the world. To ensure equity throughout our holistic application review process, transcripts and other admissions documents relating to the Spring 2020 term that have been impacted by COVID-19 will be considered. Specifically, regardless of whether the decision was made by student or institution, there will be no penalty to applicants with transcripts showing a grade of Pass/Fail, or other similar grading options that differ from traditional grading scale.

DNP #4 graphicDuke's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program takes you to the next level. If you're a post-BSN interested in advanced nursing practice or you hold a master's degree in advanced nursing practice, the Duke University School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program may be right for you.  Earning your DNP degree provides skills and tools that enable you to:

  • Assess published evidence to inform your practice

  • Improve systems of care to influence patient outcomes

  • Make changes to enhance quality of care, when needed

Graduates of our DNP program are nurse leaders in interdisciplinary health care teams and work to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality and safety.

Our program is flexible enough to accommodate nurses working in advanced practice positions and students who have earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and now want to pursue a DNP while earning an advanced nursing practice specialty.

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Why Choose Duke University School of Nursing

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Duke's DNP program offers advantages such as:

  • Comprehensive two-day on-campus orientation

  • Online courses with four executive on-campus sessions (two to three days per session; October, February, June, October) (August or January new student orientation pending if admitted Fall or Spring entry)

  • Pursue your degree without leaving your job

  • Faculty with broad experience in advanced clinical practice, leadership and patient safety

  • DNP project can be conducted at your place of employment



Our DNP faculty are actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching. They have broad experience in advanced clinical practice, leadership and patient safety.

Advantages for Students

We also offer DNP students advantages such as:

  • Post-master's students can continue in their current positions while going to school

  • The DNP project can be done at your place of employment

  • The 900-level DNP courses are offered online with executive sessions for two to three days

  • For post-BSN students in an advanced nursing practice specialty, the program prepares them to sit for the certification exam in that specialty

Pathways to a DNP Degree
DNP Program Goals and Outcomes
Program Goal

The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles and as clinical scholars skilled in the translation of research and other evidence into clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. DNP graduates will be leaders in policy advocacy and setting national agendas.

Program Outcomes

The program outcomes of the DNP program reflect integration and application of the knowledge and skills obtained in the program. Thus, at the completion of the program, the DNP graduate will be able to:

  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement and evaluate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.

  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.

  • Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice and evaluate innovative approaches to care delivery for individuals, communities and populations.

  • Partner with others to develop interprofessional teams that communicate effectively, promote health, reduce risk, enhance patient outcomes and improve complex health care delivery systems.

  • Employ strategic leadership skills to influence health policy; implement ethical, cost effective and evidence-based changes in care systems; and advance the profession.

  • Translate knowledge into practice and policy to reduce health disparities, encourage cultural sensitivity and promote access to quality care while advocating for social justice and equity locally, nationally and globally.

  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate and apply knowledge that will improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Duke University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

See what our graduates say about Duke and the DNP Program

Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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