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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Purdue University West Lafayette campus offers two ways to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  Both pathways offer innovative curricula and exciting practice opportunities, but in different delivery formats. 


The DNP option is available from post-baccalaureate to doctorate and, emphasizes healthcare engineering and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, hospitals, community leaders, and policy makers. Students learn through a combination of online and classroom experiences or hybrid format.

The Collaborative DNP (DNP) option is available to post-master’s students and emphasizes transitions and quality improvement.  Students learn from faculty experts at the West Lafayette, Calumet, and Indiana University Purdue University, Ft. Wayne campuses.  This option is completely online.

The DNP and Collaborative DNP programs are uniquely situated to provide leadership in solving complex clinical problems through its partnership with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Purdue University Homeland Security Institute, and the Center on Aging and the Life Course.

The programs of study center on knowledge and skill building in the areas of scholarly practice, practice improvement, innovation and testing of care delivery models, evaluation of health outcomes, health policy, leadership in healthcare delivery and quality improvement, and clinical expertise for advanced nursing education.

The DNP allows for three types of prospective students: post-baccalaureate RNs, current MS in nursing students, and advanced practice nurses who have completed their MS degrees.  The Collaborative DNP is not available to post-baccalaureats RNs.

The post-baccalaureate program incorporates the existing MS curriculum, which totals 46-51 credit hours, and incorporates the AACN's (1996) recommended thematic areas of Graduate Nursing Core, Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Core, and Specialty Core. The School of Nursing may transfer up to 40 credits from your master's program if you graduated from an accredited master's program. APN's are required to take 38 credits in the DNP program with a total of 704 residency hours. Non APN's will complete a total of 54 credits with a total of 941 residency hours.

Unique features of the Purdue DNP nursing programs include:

  • Purdue University/West Lafayette Interdisciplinary Collaborators: Health Sciences, Health and Kinesiology, Pharmacy, Gerontology, Health Communication, Krannert School of Management, Computer Technology, Homeland Security, and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. This collaboration offers many opportunities for innovative projects.
  • Implementation of collaborative practice team education and internships in which DNP students, engineering graduate students, and others share coursework and work together on major internship experiences that research and implement evidence-based practice.
  • Advanced information technology and Computer Sciences to improve quality of healthcare delivery systems.
  • Access to multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in specified areas of clinical research.
  • Clinical preceptorship with multidisciplinary teams caring for underserved populations in rural and urban healthcare settings.
  • Strategic leadership opportunities in the school's nurse-managed clinics as well as HMO's and local/regional healthcare facilities.
  • Opportunity to tailor cognate courses in areas of sub-specialization such as rural health, pharmacology, practice design and management, or public health/homeland security.
  • Sequential curriculum design, post-baccalaureate to DNP, emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease management, and evidence-based practice.
  • Flexibility of leaving the program after the master's degree is completed and re-entry for the last two years at a later date.
  • Opportunity for part-time study, which allows you to maintain professional employment while pursuing an advanced degree.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is supported in part by a grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust.
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