Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's)


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 online DNP Program is a 37-credit-hour post-master's program requiring a total of 350 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship.*
  • Consistent with other DNP programs, there is no dissertation requirement.
  • Students complete a DNP scholarly project based on their individual expertise and interests.
  • The DNP Program is in the College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing. 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)
  • The program offers curriculum compatible with students' individual interests and goals and is designed to meet the needs of the working healthcare professional. The DNP Program began in the Fall of 2010.

*Students must complete 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical/practicum hours as mandated by American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Clinical hours may be credited for students with evidence of national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice:

  1. Master’s prepared APRN (CNM, CRNA, CNS, NP): Up to 650 clinical hours with documentation from the master's degree granting institution and proof of national certification. DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper].
  2. Master’s prepared Advanced Practice Nurses with Advanced Certification, e.g. Advanced Public Health, Advanced Nurse Executive, etc.: Up to 650 clinical hours with evidence of academically supervised clinical hours with a 1:1 ratio being observed and proof of certification. American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015). DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper].
  3. Per AACN MSN Nurse Educators-will not have previous practicum hours waived. A longer program of study will be required to fulfill clinical practice hours. Variable credit, independent study courses facilitate degree completion for nurse educators.

Graduates of Indiana State University's DNP Program will:

  • Integrate scientific knowledge to influence health policy and decision-making through leadership, collaboration, and interprofessional action at the organizational, local, regional, national, and global levels.
  • Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.
  • Use analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for clinical practice.
  • Design, select, use, and evaluate programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement including consumer use of health care information systems.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  • Employ effective communication and collaborative skills in the development and implementation of practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, standards of care, and/or other scholarly products.
  • Synthesize concepts related to clinical prevention and population health in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention efforts, in care of individuals, aggregates, or populations.
  • Demonstrate independent advanced practice clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.

Program Availability

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants. The program is closed to all students (including U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members) residing in a country other than the United States.

Technology Requirements:

High-speed Internet access is required. Applicants must be familiar with basic Internet procedures such as scanning, attaching, and emailing documents. Students will need to have access to a scanning device that will scan documents to PDF. It is recommended that students have a PC running Windows 10 or a Macintosh. Additional recommendations can be found at Indiana State Technology Requirements.

Fees & Expenses:

Nursing students pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. Other expenses specific to the program include books, supplies/equipment, name pin, special test fees, and a clinical/program fee attached to designated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical and practicum experiences.

Required Courses

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program began admitting students in the fall of 2010. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) Board of Commissioners granted the clinical doctorate nursing program (DNP) initial accreditation in October 2012 and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2025.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

The School of Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

DNP Program
College of Health and Human Services
Indiana State University
401 N 4th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
1 (888) 293-4842
Fax (812) 237-4300

For more information, complete the Nursing Program's request for information form.


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



DNP Program
College of Health and Human Services
Indiana State University
401 N 4th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
1 (888) 293-4842
Fax (812) 237-4300

For more information, complete the Nursing Program's request for information form.