Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Stacey SmithDr. 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 1,000 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.

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 Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming, or International students. 

Map of states in which the DNP program is available.

Circumstances such as moving to an unapproved state or deployment of U.S. military or their family members outside the continental United States must be communicated to the appropriate department and will impact progression and/or completion of the degree.

All students must carry their own malpractice insurance and provide Certificate of Insurance prior to beginning clinical courses.

*Beginning with the class admitted Fall 2017, the Indiana State University DNP requires the completion of 1000 clinical/practicum hours as mandated by American Association Colleges of Nursing. Waivers may be considered for the following with evidence of national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice:

  • Master’s prepared APRN (CNM, CRNA, CNS, NP):  500 clinical hours with documentation of national certification American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015). DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper]. Retrieved from
  • Master’s prepared Advanced Practice Nurses with Advanced Certification, e.g. Advanced Public Health, Advanced Nurse Executive, etc.:  Up to 500 clinical hours with evidence of documented academically supervised clinical hours with a 1:1 ratio being observed.  American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015). DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations [White Paper]. Retrieved from
  • 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.  

 DNP Program Outcomes

Student Achievement Outcome Data for All Programs

Applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Admission Criteria
Application Evaluation
Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Hour Verification Form  
How to Apply
Advising Worksheet

DNP Frequently Asked Questions

​Current Students

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 and is designed to meet the needs of the working professional. Our unique online learning format is user friendly and convenient and, unlike your many other competing priorities, is there when you have time.
To speak with DNP Program Coordinator
Dr. Erik Southard:
Text #SycamoreDNP to 812.870.7760
College of Health and Human Services Building
401 N 4th Street Room 364
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Phone: 812-237-7916
Google Map: Location of the School of Nursing

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