Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Indiana.
Full List of Programs
Ball State University
The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offered at Ball State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A post-master's program designed for clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives, the DNP degree can be earned completely online on a part-time basis. The required faculty-supervised clinical experience can be completed in the student's own community. Students are also required to complete and implement a scholarly project in order to graduate. This project is an evidence-based intervention designed to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes in a clinical or community setting. The university's DNP program is ranked No. 24 among online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report (2015).
MSN required for:
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Indiana
Indiana State University's DNP degree is offered online and can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Students are required to complete a total of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship. Up to 700 hours of formal clinical hours can be transferred from a student's master's degree program toward fulfilling the DNP clinical-hour requirements. The completion of a DNP scholarly project is required in order to graduate from the program. Students are given the freedom to work on a scholarly project that reflects and supports their interests and area of expertise. However, the university encourages scholarly projects that focus on rural or underserved populations. The university's DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Pursue University is a post-master's program that is offered on-site at the Indianapolis campus. There are, however, selected courses that are offered online. Applicants must have an unencumbered RN license in their state of practice and completed graduate-level informatics and statistics coursework within three years of applying to the program. The curriculum includes courses such as Strategic Resource Management in Nursing and Health Systems, Evidence-based Research and Translation Science, and Influencing Public Health Policy. Full-time students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds can apply for the Educational Opportunity Fellowship, which awards an average of $500 to $1,500 per year. The university's DNP program is CCNE-accredited.
MSN required for:
Indiana Wesleyan University
The Doctor of Nursing Program at Indiana Wesleyan University is delivered via interactive online workshops and three required one-week onsite residences at the Marion campus. In this post-master's DNP program, students learn about the administration of healthcare systems, the development and implementation of health policy, direct care of individual clients, and the management of care for populations. All students are required to take the Global Healthcare course, which will provide them with a global health care setting experience. While supervised by experienced faculty, students travel to one of three destinations (China, Haiti or Zambia) that most appropriately support their educational goals.
MSN required for:
West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that is open to three types of prospective students: post-baccalaureate RNs, nursing students currently pursuing their MS degrees, and advanced practice nurses who have completed their MS degrees. The BS to DNP option is delivered in a hybrid format, while the MS to DNP option can be pursued entirely online. The university's DNP curriculum is based on AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice and can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. It covers topics such as: Human Factors in Healthcare Engineering, Applied Biostatistics for Outcome Evaluation, and History, Ethics, and Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Systems. Purdue University's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until 2025.
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Indiana
Saint Mary's College offers two tracks to a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, one for nurses with a bachelor's degree and another for nurses with a master's degree. All students take innovative courses in social entrepreneurship, patient-focused communication and data analytics. The six-semester capstone project requires students to implement an innovation project. All applicants must have a recent statistics course and an unencumbered RN license. Applicants for the post-BSN program must have a BSN with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and they complete the program in 12 semesters.
University of Indianapolis
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Indianapolis can pursue the program completely online, with the exception of on-campus orientation sessions during the first two days of class. The DNP program is designed as a post-master's program and can be completed in six or eight semesters (including summers sessions). Coursework covers advanced practice nursing, evidence-based practice, and organizational leadership/policy. Clinical hours are focused on leadership activities rather than direct patient care. Additional courses are required for students with an aggregate, organizational or systems focus. The completion of an evidence-based practice project is a requirement for graduation.
University of Southern Indiana
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Southern Indiana is a post-master's degree that offers two areas of concentration: Advanced Nursing Practice and Organizational and Systems Leadership. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in five semesters (including one summer session). For part-time students, program completion typically takes eight semesters (including two summer sessions). The university's DNP program follows a hybrid delivery format. Online courses and discussions are complemented with two three-day on-campus Intensives scheduled in August and April of each year. Coursework covers subject areas such as: Health Care Policy and Strategic Planning, Analytical Methods for Population-based Care, and Resource Utilization in Health Care. The CCNE accreditation for the university's DNP program is valid until 2024.
Valparaiso University offers a CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program that is open to both post-bachelor's (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) applicants. The BSN to DNP program has a Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis and can be completed with seven semesters of continuous full-time enrollment. The post-master's DNP program follows an online hybrid format, with courses offered both asynchronously and synchronously. Campus attendance is mandatory during the orientation session at the beginning of the program. On-site presence may also be necessary for meetings with a student's program advisor as well as to present final projects. The DNP curriculum includes courses in epidemiology, organizational and systems leadership in healthcare, and evidence-based practice for APRNs.