Doctor of Nursing Practice

About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) is a credential that will take your career to the next step and make you a leader in the nursing profession. Whether you currently hold a bachelor's or a master's degree, we have degree paths to accommodate you as you earn your D.N.P.

Our online D.N.P. program delivers the outstanding curriculum our nursing school is known for, with the added convenience of working at your own pace and the reputation of a brick and mortar institution. Our preceptor coordinator is available to help with your internship and clinical placements by leveraging our existing partnerships with local health organizations. We even have dedicated scholarship funds for students in our program.

We have been honored with a Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing Award, we rank in the top 10 percent nationally by, boast Presidential Teaching Professor Jeanette Rossetti and 95 percent of graduates report securing a job within one year after graduation.

Program Mode of Delivery

The Post-Bachelor's Degree Doctor of Nursing Practice is a hybrid program - some components are online, and some are in-person. Additionally, your internship must be completed in the state of Illinois. This program can be done full or part-time.

Our Post-Master's Degree Doctor of Nursing Practice is 100 percent online.


As a practice-oriented degree, your coursework will focus on addressing the issues and needs of diverse client populations and healthcare systems through evidence-based practices. When you earn your degree, you’ll be set for an advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner, and eligible to sit for national certification if not already certified.

Information about specific coursework required can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

After applying to NIU, the academic department has some specific steps to follow.


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Hybrid B.S. to D.N.P. and online M.S. to D.N.P.
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing
Credits Required:  
B.S. to D.N.P. 76-77 credits
M.S. to D.N.P. 35 credits
Cost per Credit: $720 (Learn more about tuition and fees)


Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Spring December 10
Summer June 1
Fall July 15