Nursing Practice, DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-oriented degree designed to prepare advanced nurses at the highest level of scholarly practice. Keeping pace with the demands of today’s changing healthcare environment requires clinical experts who have the knowledge and skills to be effective change agents. Graduates of our DNP program assume clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety of roles including clinical experts, nurse executives, community leaders, and professional organization leadership.

The Northeastern University DNP program includes advanced course work in leadership, practice inquiry, population health, informatics, and health policy. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise so they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered online in a hybrid format.

If you are a registered nurse with at least two years of advanced nursing experience, you may enter the DNP program after completing a master's degree in nursing or, in some cases, a related health field. Applicants who do not hold national certification in one of the four advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) roles must provide evidence of the equivalent of 500 practicum hours in a previous master's program and/or complete a gap analysis.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


A grade of B or higher is required in each course.

Core Courses
NRSG 6300Healthcare Finance and Marketing3
NRSG 6306Health Informatics3
NRSG 7100Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing3
NRSG 7924Applied Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing3
NRSG 7925Health Policy and Advocacy3
Capstone Courses
NRSG 7920The Steps to Practice Inquiry: Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize, and Apply the Evidence3
NRSG 7921DNP Scholarly Project 1: Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application3
NRSG 7922DNP Scholarly Project 2: Applying Practice Knowledge—Implementation/Outcomes3
NRSG 7923DNP Scholarly Project 3: Dissemination of Practice Inquiry3
Complete 3 semester hours, selected in consultation with faculty advisor.3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required