Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The Marshall University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing. Students will experience customized learning during online asynchronous courses. Portfolio development and DNP projects will enhance personal and professional nursing expertise. This expert level of practice builds on past advanced practice education, experience, and certification. The DNP final project provides the basis for developing competence in the translation of evidence into practice and better healthcare.

Marshall University offers a post-MSN option that is 36 credit hours. The program can be completed in 2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time). Applicants to the program must be graduates from a nationally accredited Master of Science in Nursing program and hold advanced practice certification as a Nurse Practitioner who wishes to obtain the DNP without seeking a new practice specialty. Completion of a scholarly quality improvement project is required for program completion.

DNP End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

1. Improve advanced practice nursing and person-centered care by integrating the broad perspective of nursing with theory and knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, political, ethical, technical, analytical, cultural, spiritual, environmental, and organizational areas.
2. Combine established and emerging principles of safety and quality improvement to promote a safe environment for patients and healthcare professionals.
3. Design complex, evidence-based approaches for the improvement of equitable healthcare across the continuum of care from prevention to disease management utilizing collaborative partnerships with communities, public health, industry, academia, healthcare, local governments, and others.
4. Formulate nursing scholarship with the purpose to improve health outcomes and transform healthcare by generation, synthesis, translation, application, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.
5. Build leadership roles and collaborate with other professionals to implement change that will improve the quality of care in complex healthcare systems.
6. Maximize databases and information technology to improve health care systems and health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
7. Develop leadership roles and professional nursing identity to influence healthcare and reduce health disparities, encourage cultural sensitivity, and promote access to quality care while recognizing qualities of personal health, well-being, and lifelong learning.
8. Evaluate policy, care delivery, and organizational systems for current and future revision and change.

To download the DNP plan of study for full-time and part-time students click here.

Admission: For information on how to apply click here.


92.1% 2021 Pass Rate on the RN Licensure Exam
Congratulations to our 2021 Pre-Licensure BSN Graduates who received 91.84% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam!
96.43% 2021 Pass Rate on the FNP Certification Exam
Congratulations to our 2021 FNP graduates who received a 96.43% pass rate on the FNP Certification exam! Thank you to our MSN faculty who helped make this possible.

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