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Doctor of Nursing Practice


Indiana State University offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Program for students who are interested in attaining the highest level of preparation in nursing instruction based on nursing science that prepares future leaders for nursing practice. This program provides those students with an advantage in advancing and excelling in their education or careers in the health and human services profession.

  • The D.N.P. Program requires 85 post-baccalaureate graduate credit hours and a total of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship.
  • A post-master's nurse practitioner who enters the D.N.P. Program is required to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours at Indiana State University.
  • Individuals may apply a maximum of 48 graduate credits and 700 hours of formal clinical supervised hours from their master's degree toward the doctoral degree requirements.
  • Consistent with other doctor of nursing practice programs, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, there is no dissertation requirement.

Graduates of this program are qualified specialists having the expertise to utilize a comprehensive approach to meet diversified and holistic health needs. Knowledge and skills attained through this program include an emphasis in the following areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Community health planning
  • Health policy leadership
  • Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment
  • Managing and negotiating health care delivery systems
  • Monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice
  • Cultural competence

In applying these skills, instructors will encourage students to be innovative and evidence-based in their approach to nursing to support the delivery of high-quality and safe patient care.

As leaders in nursing education, research, and community engagement, ISU faculty have a collective vision to nurture innovation as we chart our path for the future. Our primary goal is to support our students in becoming an integral part of our learning community to address society's need for caring, knowledgeable, and scientifically well-prepared, nurse professionals.

By building upon and expanding our students' master's-level knowledge and expertise skills as professional registered nurses, the D.N.P. Program prepares graduates to be leaders in the nursing field, operating at the highest levels to influence health policy and decision-making through leadership, collaboration, and professional action.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not currently required.

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Technology Requirements:

High-speed Internet access is required. Applicants must be familiar with basic Internet procedures such as scanning, attaching, and emailing documents. Students will need to have access to a scanning device that will scan documents to PDF. It is recommended that students have a PC running Windows 8 or a Macintosh. Additional recommendations can be found at OIT Help Desk.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants to the nursing programs are considered on a competitive basis. Criteria include intellectual capacity, performance, maturity, clarity of goals, and other qualities appropriate for graduate study. An individual or group interview may be requested or required.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing preparing family nurse practitioners
  • Hold a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Successfully completed a graduate statistics course and nursing research course
  • Hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state of practice and advanced practice registration
  • Hold a national certification as a family nurse practitioner
  • Meet all health clearance, criminal background checks, and other requirements for clinical practice
  • Submit three professional references.
  • Have a minimum of two years nursing clinical experience prior to enrolling in clinical courses
  • Submit a two-three page sample of written scholarly work
  • Have a TOEFEL score of 550 or greater if English is not the primary language spoken

Note:  Indiana State University's Department of Advanced Practice Nursing is currently in the process of revising admission requirements for the DNP program. Beginning fall 2013, the DNP program may consider waiving the FNP requirement for applicants who have a master's degree in nursing, are currently employed in nursing education, and/or who have a master's in nursing education. All potential candidates seeking entry during the fall 2013 term should contact the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing at Please place DNP STUDENT INQUIRY in the subject line of the email.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program began admitting students in the fall of 2010. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) Board of Commissioners granted the clinical doctorate nursing program (DNP) initial accreditation in March of 2013 and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2017.

Application Instructions:

For application instructions and deadlines, visit Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Fees & Expenses:

Nursing students pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. Other expenses specific to the program include books, supplies/equipment, name pin, special test fees, and a clinical/program fee attached to designated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical and practicum experiences.

Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

The Department of Advanced Practice Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships.

Further Information:

Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Indiana State University
Landsbaum Center, Room 222
1-888-293-4842, option 3
Fax: 812-237-8939

For more information, complete the Nursing Program's request for information form.

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the states of Arkansas and Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.