• Application Deadline
  • 2 months
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. 
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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).


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Duration description

      8 weeks

  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 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

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

  • International

    670 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 670 USD per credit and a duration of 2 months.
  • National

    670 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 670 USD per credit and a duration of 2 months.
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