Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Spring Arbor University Online

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online DNP Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Strategic Leadership is the highest credential a nurse can achieve. Spring Arbor University’s online degree program lets you complete your educational journey while maintaining your full-time work schedule. Our DNP online program offers options for nurses who hold an MSN, with or without an APRN certification, preparing you to assume a leadership role founded on integrity and faith.

  • Our online DNP program combines academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview 
  • Engaged faculty and intimate class sizes of approximately 20 students make for a supportive and familiar learning community
  • Our programs are designed to be flexible to reflect your busy schedule—approximately  25 to 30 hours a week in coursework
  • Most coursework is online with no mandatory login times
  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week break)
  • Work-life balance—classes always start on Thursday and assignments are never due on Sunday
  • We offer a variety of support resources to meet your needs every step of the way, including an Admission Representative, Student Success Coach, Academic Advisor, and Online Library / Online Writing Center / Technology Help Desk 
  • Deepen your relationship to your field by exploring major issues in contemporary nursing through a lens of spirituality, grace, and critical inquiry
  • Graduate prepared for unprecedented independence in your practice and look forward to improved career prospects

If you’re not sure which of our online nursing programs is best for you, download our free guide. You can also schedule an appointment with an Admissions Representative by clicking here or using the scheduling tool below.

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DNP in Strategic Leadership Careers and Outcomes

  • The DNP is a terminal degree, meaning that graduates are prepared to assume the highest leadership roles in large healthcare organizations and facilities
  • Some DNPs also take on positions as expert clinicians or academic positions with a focus on clinical practice and education
  • Qualify for increased earning potential: DNP’s earn a median salary of $135,830 per year
  • AACN requires a minimum of 1000 post-baccalaureate practicum hours for the DNP.
  • Of these, 500 hours are incorporated within coursework.
  • APRNs may apply up to 500 hours from their previous practicum work toward DNP degree requirements
  • Other MSN degree holders earn equivalent practice hours on their way to earning the DNP, meaning there’s no need to take a Nurse Practitioner program before enrolling 

 

Online DNP Program Cirriculum

Featured Courses:

dnp cirriculum
  • NUR 812: Principles of Science and Faith in Nursing
  • NUR 826: Clinical Prevention for Improved Global Health
  • NUR 836: Strategic Leadership for Quality Improvement
  • NUR 842: Health Care Policy, Regulation and Financial Management

 

 

 

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DNP Program Tracks

 

For Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

The program includes both clinical/practicum work and coursework.

AACN requires a minimum of 1000 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. APRNs may apply up to 500 hours of previously completed practicum work to the DNP’s graduation requirements.

The remaining 500 hours are incorporated within coursework. Each student will earn 300 hours while completing the DNP project and the additional 200 practice hours are earned through various projects and assignments.

Tuition 

Total credit hours - 36 
Tuition per credit - $812
Total tuition - $29,232

Fees 

Registration Fee - $40 / semester 
Technology Fee - $105 / semester 
Residency Fee - $210
Up-to-Date Software Fee - $30 / year 
Clinical Resource Management Fee  - $50 / semester
DNP Project Dissemination Fee - $75
Some additional fees may apply with certain courses

For Non-APRNs Holding a Master of Science in Nursing

The program includes both clinical/practicum work and coursework.

AACN requires a minimum of 1000 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. Non- APRN students will earn 500 of these hours while completing three practicum courses (one credit hour each). 

The remaining 500 hours are incorporated within coursework. Each student will earn 300 hours while completing the DNP project and the additional 200 practice hours are earned through various projects and assignments.

Tuition 

Total credit hours - 39
Tuition per credit - $812
Total tuition - $31,668

Fees 

Registration Fee - $40 / semester 
Technology Fee - $105 / semester 
Residency Fee - $210
Up-to-Date Software Fee - $30 / year 
Clinical Resource Management Fee  - $50 / semester
DNP Project Dissemination Fee - $75
Some additional fees may apply with certain courses