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20 Months

Graduate in less than 2 years

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Dedicated Faculty

Work one-on-one with faculty, with similar research interests, throughout your journey and DNP project.

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Flexible Schedule

Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week break)

About the Program

Prepare for the future as a leader and educator

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) provides opportunities for advanced leadership positions while satisfying your intrinsic motivations to continue to impact individual, population and systems outcomes through innovative and evidence-based practice initiatives.  

Prepare to lead the way in navigating complex healthcare environments, educate fellow nurses and advance interprofessional collaboration and the nursing practice. Spring Arbor University’s online DNP program offers a curriculum founded on the Christian worldview.  

As a student in the online DNP program, you will:  

  • Prepare as a nurse leader to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes and the quality of healthcare delivery. 
  • Continue working full-time as you earn your degree on your schedule. 
  • Complete your clinical hours with 500 hours built into the program curriculum
  • Receive dedicated support from a Student Success Coach
  • Graduate prepared for leadership roles and look forward to improved career prospects

Spring Arbor University’s online DNP program is CCNE-accredited and recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. 

*The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

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  • Program Requirements
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I have or will have at least a bachelor’s degree. 
I have or will have at least a high school diploma or GED.
I have or will have at least an associate degree or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a master's degree in nursing.
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Online DNP Program Fast Facts

  • CCNE-accredited online DNP
  • Less than 2 years to complete
  • 2 start dates per year
  • virtual residency prior to the start of the program

Program includes:

  • Practicum work and coursework
  • 1,000 practicum hours required; 500 practicum hours embedded
    • APRNs may apply up to 500 hours of previously completed practicum work to the DNP’s graduation requirements.
    • Non-APRN students will earn the remainder of these hours while completing three practicum courses (one credit hour each)
  • Open to APRNs and Non-APRNs

Online DNP Program Curriculum

For a complete listing of courses, contact us for a program guide.

  • Application of Christian worldview to faith and science
  • Development of the highest advanced nursing care for quality outcomes across the lifespan
  • Application of epidemiology related to health conditions in marginalized communities
  • Analyze global problems to gain new insight for improved health outcomes
  • Develop quality initiatives through strategic planning
  • Apply leadership theory and principles to improve quality of care delivery
  • Critically analyze the relationship between healthcare legislation, financial regulation, and strategic planning
  • Integrate the Christian worldview to develop healthcare policy and evaluation practices for positive health outcomes


Frequently Asked Questions

SAU’s RN to MSN-PMHNP online program can be completed in as few as 48 months.

While an MBA is a significant addition to an MSN degree, there are some specializations, including most faculty teaching positions as well as medical facilities that prefer and/or require candidates with a DNP. It can depend on the field and/or job you are interested in obtaining.

Interested in a Dual MSN-MBA Degree?

The program has 500 hours embedded into the curriculum, so most students who are APRNs will be able to complete their 1,000-hour requirement without additional hours at the bedside. Students who do not enter the program with at least 500 clinical hours from their MSN will complete a practicum course where they will earn hours in a variety of settings of their choice, including with their current employer.

DNP Career Outlook

As a DNP graduate, there are a variety of job opportunities in leadership, administrative and teaching/instructor positions, and advanced specialization practices. Some specialty fields are now requiring a DNP for entry into practice, as supported by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The salary for DNP’s vary depending on the specialization of practice or type of leadership position and location. APRNs with DNPs can earn the highest salaries in state, local, and private hospitals. According to, competitive salaries are offered in other settings as well, including health practitioner offices and private education services, and other facilities offering competitive salaries. Some academic medical facilities prefer to hire DNPs for higher-ranking and supervisory roles.

DNPs may work in:

  • Physician offices
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Outpatient Centers
  • Home Health Care Services
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • Education Services in colleges and universities

The annual median salary for any APRN nationwide is $120,680, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

DNPs also tend to earn higher salaries than those with a BSN or MSN degree ( 

Grow as a Christ-Centered Nurse

At Spring Arbor University, it is a privilege to provide a Christ-centered nursing education to our students and to participate in their journey. You will grow spiritually, personally and professionally throughout this program and will gain a better understanding of what it means to live out your faith as a nurse.

While the Christian faith is the foundation of our program, we welcome all students regardless of personal faith. All students will benefit from introspection and critical thinking as they consider how to meaningfully care for patients of different faith backgrounds.

Watch this video for more information on our faith-based philosophy.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

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