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Nursing Practice, D.N.P

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is an innovative online program at James Madison University with full-time and part-time study options with variable credits between 31-44, depending on transcripts and previous course-related practice hours.


The D.N.P. program prepares students to lead healthcare innovation at the highest organizational level and influence policy while allowing students to focus on a particular specialty area. The D.N.P. nurse impacts the practice of nursing, the healthcare delivery system and the shaping of health policy by providing the environment, resources and knowledge needed to provide high quality patient and family-centered nursing care and to practice as a professional within an interprofessional team. 

A key feature of the D.N.P. is its’ focus on evidence-based practice and evidence-based management practice, as emphasized by the Institute of Medicine. The D.N.P. is a practice-focused degree with an emphasis on the rigor of evidence-based practice based on research knowledge and the analysis of clinical and systems data. JMU D.N.P. graduates have a strong scientific foundation for practice and are prepared to translate knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients and healthcare systems. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    31-46 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Behavior in Health Care 
  • Epidemiology in Population Health 
  • Health Policy for Practice and Advocacy 
  • Analytic Methods for Health Care 
  • Issues end Methods in Translational Inquiry 
  • Evidence Based Practice: Clinical Prevention and Population Health 
  • Evidence Based Practice: Chronic Illness 
  • Advanced Practicum 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Hold a master's degree in nursing with a minimum 3.2 GPA for graduate work
  • Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Meet department’s technical standards for admission
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Complete an interview upon request
  • Have health documentation and CPR certification
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation, 1) academic reference, 2) current clinical supervisor and 3) academic or clinical

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1184 USD/credit
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  • National

    1184 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 1184 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • In-State

    438 USD/credit
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    Based on the original amount of 438 USD per credit and a duration of .
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