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Nursing Practice

Grand Canyon University

2 months
670 USD/credit 24120 USD/full
670 USD/credit 24120 USD/full
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Grand Canyon University  is a uniquely practice-focused program, compared to the PhD in nursing, which is research-oriented. Grand Canyon University’s DNP degree is ideal for nurse leaders, including nurse informaticists and advanced practice registered nurses who wish to remain at the forefront of patient care. 


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Grand Canyon University  guides nurses in applying current research to improve health care systems and enhance patient outcomes.

Examine and expand upon the theoretical and scientific foundations of health care through engaging peer discussions and scholarly activities led by instructors who are experts in their fields. Work through practice immersion activities designed to propel you to the highest level of nursing practice. 

Continue to meet your current professional obligations while progressing through a rigorous curriculum, which culminates in an evidence-based research project conducted in the DNP Practice Immersion Workshop and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Career Prospects

Doctor of Nursing Practice degree holders are sought after by employers for their advanced knowledge and skills, and for their leadership qualities. Graduates of GCU are prepared to effect positive change in health care organizations by applying research-based principles to nurture favorable patient outcomes. 

Clinics and hospitals may extend offers of employment to DNP degree holders who pursue positions as nurse executives. Some DNPs prefer to continue working directly with patient populations as advanced practice registered nurses. Others may undergo additional training to pursue specialized career paths, such as the role of nurse educator. 

Some employment settings may include the following:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Public health offices
  • Research facilities
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Independent practice

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • DNP Studies 
  • Health Care Informatics 
  • Emerging Areas of Human Health 
  • Scientific Underpinnings 
  • Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Population Management 

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  • Part-time
    • 2 months

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36 alternative credits



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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

GCU proudly welcomes doctoral applicants wanting to pursue higher levels of achievement in learning and research. You may be accepted by meeting one of the criteria below:

  • Earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.4 may be accepted with specifications.
  • Earned a master's from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 - 3.39 will be accepted with specifications. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24120 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 670 USD per credit during 2 months.
  • National

    24120 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 670 USD per credit during 2 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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