Doctorate of Nursing Practice



Application deadline for the next cohort is June 1.  
Kanu
“[Ball State’s] 24/7 access to courses without mandatory log-in times makes it convenient for working advanced practice nurses who are also wives and mothers, like me.”  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; however, you will be required to come to campus in Muncie, Indiana, one weekend each year. You will complete clinical experiences in your own community under the direction of course instructors and project faculty advisors.

Graduates of the DNP program will:

  • Demonstrate advanced nursing practice
  • Analyze and translate research and data to support evidence-based practice
  • Design, implement, and evaluate health care delivery models
  • Use information systems/technology to improve health care
  • Provide leadership to enhance accessibility and quality of care
  • Develop, influence, or implement health care policies

You will focus on a capstone project and practicum on evidence-based health care quality improvement and outcome evaluation in your own community. Learn about the courses you will be taking.

Get Started
Learn how to apply and our admission requirements.

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Recognitions:

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
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), recognized accreditation approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education that serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. 
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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Quality Matters Implementation Seal