DNP Student advanced nursing degree student at Wilmington University
College of Health Professions & Natural Sciences

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 Courses Guided by Seasoned Practitioners

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 Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Your Way

Forward-thinking in its flexibility, this program gives you options. Earn your doctorate in nursing 100% online or participate in our weekend intensive hybrid option, now available at the Brandywine Campus.

Many Paths to Reach Your Goal

This is not a one-size-fits-all 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, a combined DNP with MBA in Health Care Administration, a PhD to DNP pathway, and a combined post-master's Nurse Practitioner certificate and DNP degree in two specialties (Family and Psychiatric Mental Health).

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Wilmington University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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

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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.

$2,088 per course

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



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

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