Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice


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A Christ-centered education that comes to you.

At ACU, our nationally recognized online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you. Our programs are intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.


As you progressed in your medical career, you also had to progress academically. Now, take the next step and pursue your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with ACU Online. Our DNP 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.



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You will have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to proactively develop, implement, and evaluate ethical healthcare policies at all levels. By earning your DNP degree, you’ll encourage your own career development while helping guide and support colleagues in their own journey in the healthcare profession.

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Connected to a Family of Faith

A family-like atmosphere, even in an online class setting, is what attracted Doctor of Nursing Practice Inaugural 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. Learn why ACU’s online DNP program is different from other nursing programs.

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Abilene Christian University is a diverse, welcoming, academically rigorous community redefining what it means to be a Christian university in the 21st century.

Founded in 1906, we’re a private, non-profit university committed to innovative, energized learning. In 2015 we launched our Dallas campus, home to our online graduate and undergraduate programs that serve the educational needs of working adults.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Have a Master’s in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing (ACEN, CCNE).
  • Submit official transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded the baccalaureate and master’s degree to the applicant sent in a registrar's sealed and stamped/signed envelope or official electronic transcripts.
  • Have a minimum nursing cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Supply two professional recommendation letters that attest to the applicant's character, work ethic and professional abilities.
  • Author a 500-word purpose statement outlining your interest in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and your intended scholarly project topic, written in APA format.
  • Submit a professional CV or resume.
  • Provide proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the United States.
  • Have completed an undergraduate level statistics course with a "C" or better.

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

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