Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP
Be the change in patients’ lives at the highest level of nursing practice.
You are ready to advance your nursing career. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will assist you in building upon your degree and in developing advanced competencies to serve others as a doctorally prepared nurse.
We know your life is busy and advancing your education requires flexibility. Most of our curriculum is conducted online in a highly interactive environment.
Two DNP Track Options
Our program offers two tracks.
- BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate
- Post-Master's DNP
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Take the next step toward completing your DNP/FNP or Post-Master's DNP at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
BSN to DNP Program
Our program allows you to build upon your baccalaureate nursing skills and develop advanced competencies to function as a family nurse practitioner.
The nurse practitioner role enables you to diagnose and manage acute minor illness and chronic disease processes. Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner provides a wide variety of practice opportunities and is focused on maximizing health and prevention of disease in a variety of settings. The BSN to DNP program is designed for registered nurses and offers clinical specialization toward certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Post-Master’s DNP Program
You will expand the skills you learned with your master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and develop advanced competencies to function as a doctorally-prepared nurse.
This program is designed for registered nurses with master’s degrees such as:
- MSN nurse anesthesia
- MSN administration
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
- Any Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who hold a master’s degree in a nursing-related field
As a DNP graduate, you will be a visionary leader for the practice of nursing and the delivery of healthcare in all settings, with the goals of improving individual patient care and population health outcomes.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791
State Authorization & Professional Licensure
Lenoir-Rhyne University is approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Although institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states, some states have an authorization process. This is an evolving area, therefore students who hold a license as a registered nurse outside the State of North Carolina are encouraged to contact the National Council on State Boards of Nursing and the professional certification board.
Graduate Admission & Financial Aid
Connect with UsWe offer regular virtual information sessions via Zoom so watch our calendar for upcoming sessions. Or reach out directly to a graduate enrollment counselor for assistance.
ApplyWith your convenience in mind, we have outlined a step-by-step process that should assist you in submitting your application and supporting documentation — and we are here to answer any questions.
Admission CounselorsThe Graduate School admission team is here to talk one-on-one with prospective students to help you make your enrollment as easy as possible. Our counselors will provide the information and guidance you need to submit your application, apply for financial aid, visit and learn more about the many opportunities available to new students.