Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Marymount’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the highest credential in nursing practice and prepares professionals to assume leadership roles in the health care system. The program emphasizes quality instruction in evidence-based practice, health care policy, leadership and epidemiology. Graduates are expert clinicians, prepared to serve as nursing leaders and change agents in the complex and rapidly evolving health care environment.
There are two ways to achieve your DNP at Marymount:
- BSN to DNP is for BSN prepared nurses who wish to obtain their DNP and complete the required course and clinical work to specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner
- Credits 75 credits
- Full-time: 8 semester
- Part-time: 11 semesters
- 700 direct patient care hours & 500 project hours
- Post-master’s DNP is for students who already hold a masters degree in nursing
- Credits 31-35 credits
- Part-time: 6 semesters
- 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours (500 can be carried over from previous MSN degree)
The DNP specific courses are offered in an executive format that combines independent asynchronous learning with virtual online meetings through audio video conferencing culminating in a two-day on-campus executive experience at the end of each semester. Small cohort sizes foster collegiality, collaboration and professional success.
Marymount University is affiliated with numerous health care agencies and clinical sites throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area. These partnerships provide students with rich practice opportunities in clinical settings. Close proximity to the nation’s capital opens students to experiences with lobbyists, health care policy makers and nursing executives as courses with residency requirements are completed.
Marymount University’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).