Doctor of Nursing 
Degree Program

Designed for Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Program Overview

Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chamberlain gives you more than the credential. It provides the knowledge and confidence to help transform healthcare where you have the power to influence it the most.

You’ll benefit from a practice-focused curriculum that puts knowledge into action and is taught by highly-esteemed faculty who are experts in the field.


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What will I learn?

Chamberlain’s DNP curriculum helps you develop and advance your practice to new levels. As a graduate, you will be prepared to work in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare delivery settings leading patient care services that result in quality improvement and patient safety.

Small Class Sizes Faculty Support
Faculty provide guidance and support from your first course and throughout your project and practicum experience
Individualized InstructionAdvance Your Practice

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to identify, research, design and implement a practice or system change project

online-coursework_iconFour-Part Practicum Experience

Complete the customized practicum experience in your area of practice and interest at a location of your choice

Practice-Focused Curriculum

Chamberlain’s DNP curriculum is grounded in eight essentials outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing document, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials).1 Input from key constituencies, and several national documents and data are also incorporated into the program. These include, but are not limited to, the Institute of Medicine, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses and other national initiatives focusing on change and transformation to promote patient safety, nurse vitality and quality care outcomes in a culturally diverse society.

Chamberlain’s DNP Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track is designed for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing, and requires completion of 32 to 40 credit hours and a total of 1,024 post-baccalaureate practicum hours. You can expect to complete two courses per semester over a total of six semesters.


Healthcare Systems Leadership Specialty Track

Courses include:

  • DNP Project & Practicum I
  • DNP Project & Practicum II
  • DNP Project & Practicum III
  • DNP Project & Practicum IV
  • Topics in Healthcare Systems Leadership
  • Indirect Care Perspectives in DNP Practice

Core DNP Courses

  • Scientific Underpinnings

  • Application of Analytic Methods

  • Applied Organizational & Leadership Concepts

  • Concepts in Population Health Outcomes

  • Healthcare Informatics & Information Systems

  • Health Policy


How do I get in?


Admission Requirements

The DNP program enrolls new students six times per year. The college looks for candidates with the following qualifications for the DNP online degree program:

  • A degree in nursing at the master’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • Current, active unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the student’s state of residence. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the College.

  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0 from the master’s level or higher degree in nursing.

  •  Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language, and applicants whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English-language proficiency.* 

Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call 877.751.578 to speak to a representative or request more information.

*Degrees obtained from non-U.S. schools will be considered based on evaluation of transcripts by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) approved evaluating agency.

Our Faculty

See some of our Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program faculty below

JoAnn Trybulski
JoAnn Trybulski,
Janice Unruh Davidson
Janice Unruh Davidson,
Doug Turner
Douglas Turner,
Patricia Fedorka
Patricia Fedorka,
Jill Walsh
Associate Professor
Jill Walsh,

Tuition & Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?

DNP Degree Program Costs

Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.

 DNP Expenses – Effective July 2016
 Application Fee $60
 Tuition $750 per credit hour
 Background Check/Drug Screening $150
 Student Services $600 per session
 Course Resource Fee  $50 per course
 Books & Supplies $75 per session
 Military Rate* $635 per credit hour
 Alumni Rate $635 per credit hour

Estimated Cost:


Costs subject to change each session and vary by individual circumstances.

*Military rate is defined as active duty, veterans, retired military, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs employees and spouses of active duty/veteran/retired military.

Financial Aid Options

Chamberlain’s DNP degree program can help prepare you for expanded roles within your organization. Chamberlain proudly partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges, associations and organizations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses.

See if your institution has partnered with Chamberlain, which may provide you with a group-specific tuition rate. We also offer a scholarship to DAISY Honoree Award recipients.

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Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791).

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At this time, Chamberlain College of Nursing cannot accept inquiries from the states of North Carolina or Washington for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track.

Accreditation & Approvals by State

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program of interest.

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