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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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Advance your nursing career

DePaul’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will give you the leadership, business and research skills you need to work effectively with advanced health care providers, administrators and researchers. You’ll develop the clinical skills necessary to create and implement treatment plans, and you’ll master the tools to improve outcomes, safety and quality of care for your patients and their families.

Choose one of the following required tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthetist (in conjunction with NorthShore Health Systems)
  • DNP Completion – Nurse Anesthetist
  • DNP Completion – Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Midwife

Classes for both are offered 100% online in an asynchronous format.​

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Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline.

Enrollment Term

Application Deadline
July 15
November 1
February 1
April 15

Admission Requirements

Submit a NursingCAS application, personal statement, résumé, official transcripts and letters of recommendation.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete 10 core courses, track concentration requirements and a DNP project.

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DePaul recently invested more than $40 million in new College of Science and Health facilities and programs, including a fully renovated nursing simulation lab.


of Nursing graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Study with industry-leading faculty

Learn from professors like Joseph Tariman, PhD, RN, who has published numerous articles on multiple myeloma and ethical frameworks for decision-making in nursing practice and research. Professor Tariman was recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow for his significant contributions to myeloma nursing.

“The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program gave me the knowledge and critical-thinking skills to succeed at my job. Whether I’m explaining the risks and benefits of an anesthetic to a patient, or describing the pathophysiology of certain diseases to my students, I use what I learned from the DNP program every day.”

Susan (DNP ’14)

Nurse anesthetist and nurse educator, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Susan, DNP alumna 

Alumni Network

You’ll benefit from extensive networking opportunities with DePaul’s strong alumni network. Nearly 3,000 Nursing alumni are working in the Chicago area at places like Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s School of Nursing at (773) 325-7315 or

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