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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Nursing professionals seeking to take their careers to the next level and pursue additional managerial responsibilities in the health care field might consider Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Read on to get more details about this advanced nursing degree program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Before entering this program, students should have completed a nursing program and already be registered nurses. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's doctoral degree programs should already have a master's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Grand Canyon University, students are provided with the opportunity to integrate learning experiences into their current health care environment for a hands-on, application-based approach. In this format, students might learn about health care information and care systems, population health, clinical prevention strategies, public health concepts, nursing leadership practices, and patient-centered care. Studies might also focus on human health in order to help students gain a deeper understanding of clinical program development, diagnostic decision making processes, and health improvement strategies. The three-part project requires that students address an issue in the health care field and design a project that offers a solution that will improve patient care. This curriculum is aligned with standards set by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Nursing Practice:

To earn the DNP degree, students must complete eight required courses, an introductory DNP class, and a three-part project. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (36 credits)

  • Introduction to DNP Studies
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Emerging Areas of Human Health
  • Scientific Underpinnings
  • Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Population Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Patient Outcomes and Sustainable Change
  • Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • DPI Project: Part I
  • DPI Project: Part II
  • DPI Project: Part III

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Having had the opportunity to expand their knowledge of health care goals and systems and enhance their nursing leadership and managerial skills, graduates of the DNP program at Grand Canyon University might be prepared to assume greater responsibilities in their current positions or seek upper management jobs in the field. They could seek jobs where they would be responsible for overseeing nursing staff, eliciting change management principles for improved patient care, or direct nursing education programs.

Positions graduates may be able to pursue include:

  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical nurse executive
  • Chief nursing executive officer
  • Chief patient experience executive

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