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Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
College of Nursing (MC 802)
845 South Damen Avenue, Room 133
Chicago, IL 60612-7350

Campus Location: 133 NURS
Program Codes: 20FS5048DNP (Chicago); 20FS5048DNP1 (Urbana); 20FS5048DNP5 (Peoria); 20FS5048DNP6 (Quad Cities); 20FS5048DNP7 (Rockford)
Telephone: (312) 996-7800
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Associate Dean for Nursing Clinical Practice Studies: Patricia Lewis

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. Throughout the program students will develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills that will enable them to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact healthcare outcomes and have the potential to transform healthcare delivery. Graduates of DNP programs are prepared for direct care roles (e.g. and nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives) and indirect care or systems-focused roles (e.g., administrative, public health, and policy roles), or a blend of these roles.

In addition to core courses that develop clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills, each student completes a clinical residency to develop expertise in one area of specialized doctoral nursing practice. During the clinical residency, students design, implement, and evaluate a transdisciplinary project related to a selected population of interest. A project proposal, which will include the complete plan of the project, must be submitted in writing and orally defended and subsequently approved by a three-person committee. Final written and orally presented reports of the project are disseminated at a peer-reviewed professional meeting and in a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Admission Requirements

Individuals with either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in nursing will be eligible for admission to the program. It is recommended that students applying to the Concentration in Executive Nursing Leadership have a master’s degree in administrative nursing or equivalent course work or experience. The Admission Committee will consider applicants on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Other Requirements

Professional Nursing License All students in the BSN to DNP program must  have a current licence as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN) from the State of Illinois Registered Nurse prior to beginning their clinical practicum courses. Information about nursing licensure in Illinois may be obtained from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Web site Students in the MS to DNP program must have a valid nursing license for the state in which they will be completing their residency.


Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Doctor of Nursing Practice