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College of Health Professions

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Become an Expert Clinician and Health Care Leader with a DNP

Wilmington University’s flexible and affordable DNP degree program prepares advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders with integrated clinical and leadership skills necessary for advanced nursing practice. Courses examine the relationships among health policy, informatics, population health and business practices in the care of individuals, families and communities.


Hands-On DNP Courses Guided by Seasoned Practitioners and Healthcare Leaders

Doctorally prepared DNP faculty will lead you as you bridge the gap between research and clinical practice through coursework, experiential engagement hours and a Doctor of Nursing Practice project.

Earn Your DNP 100% Online

Forward-thinking in its flexibility, this Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program gives you options. Earn your doctorate in nursing 100% online.

Many DNP Paths to Reach Your Goal

This is not a one-size-fits-all Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. In addition to the Traditional DNP pathway (with a choice of Advanced Practice or Leadership), we also offer an accelerated MSN to DNP pathway for current Wilmington University students as well as combined post-masters Nurse Practitioner certificate and DNP degree in three specialties (Family, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health). All are flexible, affordable and led by engaged practitioners.


DNP programs at Wilmington University are CCNE accreditted The WilmU DNP is a CCNE accredited nursing doctoral program.


Cohorts begin three times per year in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  • Application Deadline for Spring Term Admission: October 1st or until cohort is filled
  • Application Deadline for Summer Term Admission: March 1st or until cohort is filled
  • Application Deadline for Fall Term Admission: June 15th or until cohort is filled

Available DNP Programs:

Your DNP program includes experiential academic engagement hours1

11 courses 28 months to complete2

1500 hours for advanced practice nurses and 1,000 hours for nurse leaders. 2Advanced Practice nurses take 11 courses which can be completed in either 20 or 28 months. Nurse leaders take 15 courses which can be completed in 28 months.

$1,896 per course

Cost of a typical 3-credit doctoral degree course taken online
Wilmington University tuition is based on cost-per-credit.
You only pay for the courses you need to complete your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Career and industry outlook for
Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates.

A DNP degree offers the highest practice-focused degree in nursing and is designed to prepare expert clinicians, ready for career growth. Our DNP graduates have transitioned to some of the highest nursing management positions, like:

Source: Emsi Economic Modeling, LLC, 2018

Chief Nursing Officer

Director of Nursing

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I was so impressed by how the faculty described the program. Their knowledge and care was evident. I knew I could attend WilmU and get the quality education I needed to move to the next level in my career. Dr. Raymond Nwaneri, Doctor of Nursing Practice
DNP Student studying at Wilmington University

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