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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Stacey Smith

Dr. Stacey Smith, DNP '14

The faculty of the DNP program at ISU was a big support and guided me from the development of my research statement to the completion of an article describing my project that I will submit for publication to a nursing journal. I felt such a sense of pride when I received my DNP degree on May 3, 2014. This accomplishment has fostered a sense of responsibility in me to promote the professional growth of Advanced Practice Nurses to ensure excellence of care for our communities.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Indiana State University prepares nurses to be innovative leaders and environmental change agents to transform our healthcare delivery system. The DNP represents the highest level of preparation in nursing practice, broadening the graduate’s ability to process and translate new evidence into nursing practice.  This ability is essential to maximizing the safety and efficacy of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes.

The DNP program is a 39-credit hour post master’s program requiring a total of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship. 

  • Individuals may apply 700 hours of formal, supervised, clinical hours from their master's degree toward the doctoral degree requirements. 
  • Students who have not completed 700 post baccalaureate hours prior to entry are eligible to utilize the portfolio process outlined in the Portfolio Guidelines Document 
  • Consistent with other DNP programs, there is no dissertation requirement. 
  • Students complete a DNP scholarly project based on their individual expertise and interests.

Program Outcomes   

Application deadline

  • February 1
  • September 1


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Maybe you see yourself in clinical instruction, involved in research, or perhaps continuing your current career with increased skill and greater awareness of the dynamic healthcare environment. If increased intellectual knowledge and career advancement are in your future, the Doctor of Nursing Practice may be right for you. Whatever your career path, Indiana State University will be there when you are ready to start your clinical doctorate.
The essential concepts of the DNP (The DNP Essentials) curriculum as approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, forms the basis of our program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
Our curriculum is compatible with your individual interests and goals, designed to meet the needs of the working professional and offers full-time and part-time plans of study. Our unique online learning format is user friendly and convenient and, unlike your many other competing priorities, is there when you have time. Distance Education Students Residing outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Indiana State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. Graduate Nursing Programs at Indiana State University are not available to residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York or International F-1 Visa students. Students located in U.S. Territories must purchase their own liability insurance policy.