For requirements, objectives, or a more detailed description of the program, please see the graduate catalog
As a registered nurse (RN), you have seen just about everything the healthcare world has to offer. From the workplace policies that no longer serve a purpose to emerging innovations in healthcare, you see opportunities to improve healthcare delivery services and patient outcomes within your organization. What’s needed now are the leadership skills, research skills, healthcare insights, and credentialing certifications to make a career move to help your organization.
Prepare to take the next step in your nursing career with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Keiser University. This program is filled with the theory, evidence-based research, healthcare insights, and practical skills you need to make a meaningful impact for your nursing organization and your career.
Up to 18 credits of transfer credit
Leadership career opportunities in nursing education, health administration, and more.
Financial aid for those who qualify**
** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.
* Time to completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed to help advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) prepare for a variety of career opportunities, from direct care to educating tomorrow’s nursing and healthcare professionals. This doctoral nursing program investigates research utilization for improved delivery of care, patient outcomes, and clinical systems management. RN students of this doctorate will explore topics and proficiencies recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines for DNP education. Graduates will be well prepared for leadership roles providing patient care, developing healthcare policies, conducting research, and educating others on public health issues.
The Keiser University Doctor of Nursing Practice program proposes to develop nursing leaders who strive to advance the profession of nursing by enhancing, alleviating, and ameliorating health and health care delivery services. This is accomplished through the achievement of the student’s competencies, to enhance the necessary skill sets that promotes excellence in the profession of professional nursing practice.
Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to succeed throughout their careers and their lives—whether that is in this DNP program or one of our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer several learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.
Through our DNP program, we help NP doctoral students prepare to achieve career goals, whether that’s conducting research, teaching, or advancing health science and healthcare delivery services.
Advance your nursing career with Keiser University’s nursing practice doctoral program. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares nursing leaders like you to dynamically improve the health of patients, communities, and whole populations with insights in evidence-based practice, organizational management, acute and emergent health problems, and more. You will customize your DNP degree to your career goals with specialized electives in one of three areas of study: education, clinical practice, or healthcare administration.
Keiser University’s DNP program gives students the education needed to pursue research-oriented, educational, or administrative positions using evidence-based theories and concepts for healthcare delivery systems and practices. The objectives of the program are to prepare graduates to:
To receive a doctorate in nursing program credential, students must earn 36 graduate semester credit hours—at least 21 core credit hours, 4 credit hours (60 clinical hours) in the DNP project course, 8 credit hours in practice clinical experience, one elective, and one doctoral residency residency. Curriculum coursework includes:
Graduate Division Courses
|Introduction to Doctor of Nursing Practice & DNP Project||3.0 credit hours|
|Advocacy, Leadership, & Ethics in Advanced Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Scientific Underpinnings of Evidence-Based Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care||3.0 credit hours|
|Organizational Management, Quality, & Safety||3.0 credit hours|
|Information Management in Evidence-based Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Economics & Business Planning for Advanced Practice||3.0 credit hours|
|Adult Teaching and Learning||or|
|Acute and Emergent Health Problems||or|
|Health Care Administration||3.0 credit hours|
|DNP Project I: Topic & Literature Review||1.0 credit hours|
|DNP Clinical Practice I||2.0 credit hours|
|DNP Project II: Methodology and IRB Submission||1.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practice II||2.0 credit hours|
|DNP Project III: Implementation||1.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practice III||2.0 credit hours|
|DNP Project IV: Evaluation of Outcomes and Dissemination||1.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Practice IV||2.0 credit hours|
Note: Doctoral students must complete one 2- to 4-day residency at our flagship Florida campus.
Upon graduation from our Florida-based nursing practice program, you will have earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice as well as gained the abilities you need to:
Through Keiser’s DNP program, Florida campus-based or online, you will gain the insights, complete the clinical hours, hone the research abilities, and earn the credential you need to take on nursing leadership roles throughout healthcare. From clinics to hospice centers to international health organizations, you could pursue roles like:
What route do you plan to take on your educational journey? BSN to MSN? BSN to FNP to DNP? BSN to DNP to FNP? Whatever direction you choose to go, when it is time to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice, Keiser University has you covered. Our DNP program offers the tools you need to pursue your goals, from healthcare education to better patient outcomes. Learn more about our Doctor of Nursing Practice today by Requesting More Info now!
We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.