Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Illinois.
Full List of Programs
Bradley University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track. This 82-credit program can be earned entirely online. Students who graduate from the program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam. The clinical requirement for the degree can be completed in the student's geographical area. The university also offers a DNP leadership track for applicants who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The MSN-DNP program requires a minimum of 39 credits and includes coursework that covers a wide range of topics, such as health promotions in populations, evidence-based practice, and ethics and leadership in advanced practice nursing.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at De Paul University offers specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthetist. De Paul University offers its Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program jointly with the School of Nurse Anesthesia at the NorthShore University HealthSystem. In recent years, the university's exam pass rate for this field has been at 100 percent. The culminating experience for the DNP program is the evidence-based and implementable Scholarly Leadership Project that aims to improve the health of a population, change practice, influence health policy or revise healthcare delivery methods.
Governors State University
University Park, Illinois
There are two points of entry for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Governors State University - post baccalaureate or post master's degree with a major in nursing. Students accepted to the program can focus on one of the following advanced professional practice specialties: Community Behavior, Direct Practice, Leadership/Administration, and Practitioner/Educator. The program has a special emphasis on the care of vulnerable populations. Students who enter the program through the post baccalaureate option must first complete the required courses under Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nursing Administration concentration before taking doctoral-level classes. The DNP curriculum includes coursework in Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Diversity, Spirituality and Social Issues, Healthcare Leadership, and Epidemiology. The completion of a capstone project is necessary for graduation.
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Illinois State University
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Illinois State University is a 34 credit hour post-master's program that is offered online and on a part-time basis. Students are required to attend only a limited number of scheduled on-campus sessions. Applicants must be certified and licensed as an advanced practice nurse (clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist) or must hold a master's degree in nursing administration. The completion of graduate-level courses in epidemiology and statistics is also a pre-requisite for admission to the program. Students develop skills and competencies in evidence-based practice, health informatics, and organizational and systems leadership. A clinical residency and the completion of a DNP scholarly project are required in order to graduate from the program.
Applicants who wish to be considered for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Lewis University must have an MSN, at least two years of experience as a registered nurse, and a current RN license. APRN applicants must hold credentials for advanced practice in the state where they plan to have their DNP residency experience. Courses are delivered both online and on campus. Core courses consist of the following: Quality and Safety Science in Healthcare, Financial and Strategic Management for Healthcare Decision Makers, Healthcare Ethics, Research Design and Measurement for Evidence-Based Practice, and Healthcare Policy. In addition to at least 504 hours of residency, students are required to complete a DNP Scholarly Project.
Loyola University Chicago
Designed as a two-year, post-MSN cohort program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Loyola University Chicago is offered primarily online. Students accepted to the program are only required to attend two to three days of classes each semester for coursework integration, seminars and presentations. Loyola's DNP program focuses on populations at risk for disease and on systems that promote safe and efficient health care environments in the country and across the world. There are two specialty tracks that are currently available - Healthcare Quality Using Education in Safety & Technology (H-QUEST) and Infection Prevention DNP. As the program's culminating experience, the capstone project gives students that opportunity to implement transformational change in their practice area.
Students accepted to the post-bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) program at Rush University can choose from the following areas of concentration: Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Advanced Public Health Nursing. The Nurse Practitioner option include these areas of specialization: Adult-Gerontology (Acute and Primary Care), Family, Neonatal, Pediatric (Acute and Primary Care), and Psychiatric - Mental Health. Options for the Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration include: Adult-Gerontology, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Neonatal, and Pediatric. The university also offers a post-master's DNP program with two leadership tracks - Systems Leadership and Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until 2024.
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Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Students accepted to the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing can choose from two areas of concentration - Clinical and Leadership. The DNP program is offered predominantly online and designed to be pursued as a part-time program of study. The DNP-Clinical option provides APRNs with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge in the following: advancements in healthcare and education, biostatistics, cultural competency, and epidemiology. The DNP-Leadership option prepares nurse leaders to exert a positive impact on nursing interventions, healthcare organizations, health practices, and policy. Students must complete a residency program as well as a capstone project in order to graduate.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville is designed for nurses who have a master's degree in health care administration or in an advanced nursing practice specialty. The program is offered mostly online, and there are only a few, scheduled face-to-face learning experiences that students are required to attend each semester. Southern Illinois' DNP program is designed as a part-time program of study and can be completed with five semesters of continuous enrolment. The curriculum includes coursework in: Health Care Innovations, Advanced Applications of Epidemiology in Practice, and Organizational and Systems Leadership in Healthcare. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until December 2018.
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University of Illinois at Chicago
The DNP program at the University of Illinois Chicago has four entry routes: Post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP), Post-master's, Post-master's with New Specialty, and DNP transition. The BSN to DNP option offers several APN specialty concentrations as Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. The Post-master's DNP builds on direct care or systems focused competencies acquired as part of the MSN degree. The Post-master's with New Specialty pathway is for applicants seeking to acquire a new role, such as a nurse educator adding a Family Nurse Practitioner option. Additional courses and practicum in the area of the new role may be required. The DNP transition is for students with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.
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University of St Francis
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of St. Francis focuses on underserved and vulnerable populations. Students accepted to this online post-master's program have the option of earning their DNP degree on a full-time or part-time basis. The program offers a Nursing Education concentration that prepares graduates for faculty roles in nursing programs, as well as for the National League for Nursing Certification Exam. The curriculum is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). It includes courses such as: Information Management in Advanced Practice, Diversity and Social Justice Issues in a Global Society, and Healthcare Finance and Practice Management. The university's DNP program is CCNE-accredited.