Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Register for a Webinar
Register now for a 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, April 2, webinar for our Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Application deadline for the next cohort is August 15, 2015.  
Marcie Baird, graduate of Ball State’s online doctorate of nursing practice program.

“I have great respect for the faculty.”
Marcie Baird, graduate of Ball State’s online doctorate of nursing practice program, nursing professor at a private university, and nurse practitioner at a free clinic. Read her story.

The Ball State doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program is a post-master's degree program for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives.

You will be prepared with skills to assume leadership positions in nursing practice impacting health care outcomes at the clinical and organizational level. We provide a strong focus on scholarly practice that includes translation of research in practice, evaluation of practice, and improvement in health care and outcomes at individual and population levels.

Mode of Delivery
The program is designed for a part-time plan of study. Courses are offered completely online. You will complete clinical experiences in your own community under the direction of course instructors and project faculty advisors. Mandatory annual one day meetings can be attended on campus or via distance technology.

Graduates of the DNP program will:

  • Demonstrate advanced nursing practice
  • Translate research and data to support evidence-based practice
  • Lead inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Utilize information systems/technology to improve health care outcomes
  • Provide leadership to enhance accessibility and quality of care
  • Guide health policy development and implementation
  • Provide leadership to enhance population health initiatives in reducing health disparities

Learn about the courses you will be taking.

Get Started
Learn how to apply and our admission requirements.

If you want additional information, contact us or request more information.


Center for Excellence in Nursing Education
Designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the nation.
CCNE accreditation
The doctorate in nursing practice at Ball State University is accredited by the Commission on  Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),  One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. 
Top 20
Ranked No. 19 in 2014 among online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Quality Matters Implementation Plan Seal
Granted the Quality Matters Implementation Plan designation that ensures that the online components of our courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.
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