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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Could you use a $5,000 scholarship? Apply now to find out more!*

*New, first-time BSN to DNP or DNP students only. Must meet all admission requirements and start class in the next term. Other conditions apply.

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As you progressed in your medical career, you also had to progress academically, likely achieving a number of educational milestones. Now, take the next step and pursue your Doctor of Nursing Practice with ACU Online.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is designed to further develop your clinical and leadership skills as a medical professional through a combination of online learning and practical application in the workplace. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to proactively develop, implement, and evaluate ethical healthcare policies at all levels. By earning your degree, you’ll encourage your own career development while helping guide and support colleagues in their own journey in the healthcare profession.  

ACU's online DNP program adheres and aligns with the current trend in the education of nurses and supports recommendations set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Institute of Medicine, and numerous other healthcare organizations.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Highlights


  • Executive Nursing Leadership 
  • Advanced Practice Nurse

Example Coursework

  • Informatics to Improve Patient Outcomes 
  • Foundations of Integrative Care
  • Epidemiology and Population Health 
  • Healthcare Finance and Clinical Practice 

Admissions Requirements

  • Application and processing fee
  • A Master’s in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing (ACEN, CCNE)
  • Official transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded the baccalaureate and master’s degrees
  • Minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of “C” or better
  • Two professional letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s
character and work ethic
  • A 500-word purpose statement outlining your interest in the Doctor of
Nursing Practice and your intended scholarly project topic, written in APA
  • Professional CV or resume
  • Unencumbered registered nursing license


  • 100% online
  • 1,000 clinical hours


  • 39 credit hours 
  • 26 months minimum

Scholarships available to all new students. 

Potential Outcomes

  • Integrate nursing experience with learnings from various other sciences to enhance patient health
  • Develop care delivery approaches that meet the needs of patients
  • Design processes to evaluate outcomes of practice and systems of care
  • Implement quality improvement to support decision-making
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health policies
  • Employ leadership skills to create excellence in healthcare delivery systems
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability
  • Develop professional calling and ability to influence the health care delivery system

Connected to a Family of Faith

A family-like atmosphere, even in an online class setting, is what attracted ACU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director Dr. Tonya Sawyer-McGee to her position. It’s also why she believes students continue to choose ACU to prepare to become effective nurse practitioners.

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