Doctor of Nursing Practice


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Program Intro

The focus of our post-master’s doctor of nursing practice program is translation science. Nurses who earn this degree are prepared to lead transformative healthcare by becoming experts in the search, appraisal, synthesis, transfer and application of evidence – and in the evaluation of its impact on outcomes.

This program prepares excellent graduates who hold diverse roles in the healthcare field. You’ll learn to improve patient outcomes by making an impact on patient care, nursing practice and organizational systems.

You’ll also learn to translate and embed best evidence into your practice as you work with experienced faculty and organizational facilitators.

Effective July 18, 2022, the post-masters doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July 18, 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Curriculum Overview

Your plan of study builds on your previous master’s-level coursework. You might need to take advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and/or physical assessment in addition to DNP core courses. Then, you’ll move to the translation science course sequence, where you’ll build on what you learn by completing a practice inquiry project.

You can currently complete this degree online, except for a one-week, on-campus summer intensive.

Part-time students follow a three-year plan. In the first year, your primary focus is on core doctor of nursing practice coursework.

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Sample Courses

  • NUR 50200 – Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR 50300 – Advanced Health Assessment

Complete core DNP courses; begin taking evidence-based practice and translation science courses.

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Sample Courses

  • NUR 52500 – Informatics In Nursing
  • NUR 63200 – Health Policy Local to Global
  • NUR 65600 – Healthcare Organization, Policy and Economics

Focus on your practice inquiry project through independent residencies, supported by guidance from your faculty chair.

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Sample Courses

  • NUR 59900 – Special Topics/Independent Study In Nursing
  • NUR 62400 – Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR 62600 – Applied Biostatistics for Outcome Evaluation

Program Requirements

Requirements for admission into this program include:

  • Graduated from an accredited program with a master’s degree in nursing
  • Grades in all previous Master’s coursework of “B” or better.
  • Current RN (Registered Nurse) licensure in the state your practice will occur
  • Evidence of successful completion of an introductory statistics course (alternatively, you may take statistics upon admission)
  • Personal interview
  • Fall admission must apply by June 1
  • Spring admission must apply by November 1
  • Summer admission must apply by March 1


Graduates enter the marketplace with real-world experience and vital skills under the guidance of expert faculty. You’ll hone your ability to acquire, appraise, and implement best practices.

Our College of Nursing is home to the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, an Affiliate Center of JBI.

A lion sculpture on PNW's campus PNW graduates at commencement


As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to integrate your knowledge of systems, theory, science and evidence to advance care. You’ll also be able to translate evidence to support practice; design evidence-based cost-effective nursing interventions; influence policy; initiate change; and evaluate outcomes. Finally, you’ll demonstrate role competence as a DNP.


We offer College of Nursing scholarships to DNP students. Graduate assistantships are also available.

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Beyond the Classroom

We encourage students to be members of professional organizations that align with their area of practice. Eligible students may join Sigma Theta Tau.

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of roles in the field, including:

  • Management of individual patients and populations
  • Leadership in nursing practice
  • Clinical education


Graduates of this program are employed by organizations like:

  • Ambulatory care practices
  • Hospital systems
  • Schools of nursing

Acquiring my DNP at PNW brought about professional and personal growth. The faculty members are exceptional mentors who guided me towards identifying and implementing transformational change in the approach to healthcare of homeless women.

Jodi Allen
DNP, Translation Science, Valparaiso

Obtaining my DNP developed my translational science skills and promoted my professional growth. In an ever-changing healthcare environment, the faculty supported me in discovering the essence of evidence-based practice and leading change.

Manisa Baker
DNP, Translational Science, St. John

Meet the Faculty

Mary Morrow

Mary Morrow, Ph.D., RN, APRN, ACNS-BC

AG-CNS Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Mary Morrow is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. Her teaching focus is advanced practice nursing and knowledge translation in practice. Her research foci are developing a minority RN

A PNW Student in the Classroom

Take the Next Step

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.