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ONLINE DNP PROGRAMS | OVERVIEW

Earn a New Level of Respect.
Rise as a Leader.

Less than 1 percent of all nurses in the U.S. have a doctoral degree — and Bradley University intends to help change that. Through our online DNP programs, we’re preparing talented nurses like you to do more than expand your clinical expertise. We’re preparing you to innovate in the industry, lead change and educate the next generation of your peers.

DNP – FNP Track (BSN Entry)

As a DNP-prepared family nurse practitioner, you can do far more than provide high-quality care to children, individuals and families; you can help transform the way primary care services are delivered in today’s health care system.

Program Fast Facts (DNP – FNP Track)

  • Total degree course credit hours: 79-82
  • Semesters to degree completion: 12
  • Time to degree completion: 4 years
  • Campus residency: None
  • Clinical project: Yes
  • Supervised clinical practicum: Yes
  • Admission cycles: Fall, spring, summer
  • Complete coursework: 100 percent online – asynchronous

Learning Outcomes (DNP – FNP Track)

Choose our online DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner program and prepare to:

  • Expand your expertise in advanced nursing theory and research practice.
  • Develop, evaluate and improve new practices and approaches to family health care delivery.
  • Translate research findings from the lab to the exam room.
  • Utilize evidence-based knowledge to inform and improve patient care.

DNP – Leadership Track (MSN Entry)

You’re already a master's-prepared RN with aspirations for leadership. Now, it’s time to gain the doctoral-level expertise to transform that personal ambition into professional achievement.

Program Fast Facts (DNP – Leadership Track)

  • Total degree course credit hours: 39+
  • Semesters to degree completion: 9
  • Time to degree completion: 3 years
  • Campus residency: None
  • Clinical project: Yes
  • Supervised clinical practicum: Yes
  • Admission cycles: Fall, spring, summer
  • Complete coursework: 100 percent online – asynchronous

Learning Outcomes (DNP – Leadership Track)

Choose our online DNP in Leadership program and prepare to:

  • Acquire the expertise to inform and shape health care policy.
  • Expand your knowledge of budgets, financial management and leadership theory.
  • Enhance your understanding of nursing personnel management and education.
  • Qualify for advanced leadership roles in administration, teaching, research and patient care.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN ONLINE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE?

Fast Track Your Future in Nursing Leadership.

Demand for DNP-prepared nurses with the expertise to tackle today’s critical and emerging health care needs is skyrocketing. Prepare to lead at the highest clinical and administrative levels as a graduate of one of Bradley’s online DNP programs.

What advancement opportunities can
you expect?

As health care becomes more complex, a DNP can distinguish you in the field as a highly skilled nurse able to tackle new technologies and transform health care. By pursuing a DNP from a top-tier university like Bradley, you will be in a position to contribute to meaningful reform. This experience can prepare you for leadership roles that require doctorate-level nursing knowledge. With a DNP you can:

  • Prepare for advanced roles as a leader in health care administration, education or policy
  • Serve as an advocate and mentor for other nurses
  • Work as an educator to teach the nurses of tomorrow
  • Fill a void in health care for doctorate-prepared nurse leaders to help advance nursing as a profession

What job titles can you hold?

    • Chief nursing officer
    • Nursing director
    • Nurse manager
    • Nurse educator
    • Lobbyist or legislative consultant
    • Health care director
    • Nursing professor
    • Nursing care facility manager
    • Nurse executive
    • Nurse administrator

Where can you work?

    • General medical and surgical hospitals
    • Research facilities
    • Nursing care facilities
    • Home health care agencies
    • Academic institutions
    • Public health offices
    • Outpatient care centers
    • Private doctor’s offices
    • Community health agencies
    • Government agencies

WHY BRADLEY UNIVERSITY FOR YOUR ONLINE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE?

Powerful Outcomes Begin Here.

Bradley University has been shaping leaders and innovators since 1897. Continuously driven by our commitment to excellence in teaching, research and learning, we’ve designed our online DNP programs to expertly combine rigorous academics with real-world practice.

Widely respected for our outstanding faculty and student-centered approach to learning, we’re able to provide the resources of a large public university — but with the personalized attention of a small private college. Study with us and join a rich culture of collaboration, support and shared values, one that will challenge you to grow personally and professionally.

When you choose Bradley University, you choose flexibility. Our online Doctor of Nursing practice programs allow you to complete your clinical hours with approved preceptors of your choice. Get the most out of your clinical hours by selecting different preceptors for each area of study that your clinical hours emphasize.

If you’re ready to join the next generation of nursing and health care leaders, then we’re ready for you.

WHO TEACHES OUR ONLINE DNP PROGRAMS?

Learn from Innovative Nursing Leaders.

The dedicated faculty members who lead our online DNP programs are committed to helping you succeed as you take the next step in your nursing career. They each bring a broad base of clinical expertise and professional experience into our online classrooms each day, and they are eager to share their knowledge with you. Learn more about your professors now:

Cindy Brubaker
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Molly Cluskey
Associate Dean for Distance Education
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Deborah "Deb" Erickson
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Peggy Flannigan
Associate Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Cynthia Steinwedel
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Rachel Borton
Director Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Online Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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What can you learn in our online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs?

Curriculum

The innovative curriculum of our online DNP programs are designed to prepare you for the highest level of nursing practice, research and leadership.

Courses: Online DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Track

BIO 526
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Acquire an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of animals, special reference to the human body, theories and methods of investigation mostly at organ system level and adaptation strategies to special conditions.
NUR 501
Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development (3)
Analyze theoretical models, emphasizing the assessment and implication of models for advanced professional nursing practice and research.
NUR 505
Leadership in the Healthcare Delivery System (3)
Study leadership theory and explore the role of the nurse as a leader, colleague and consultant in the healthcare system.
NUR 510
Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3)
Elevate your understanding of the legal and ethical issues that influence the practice of advanced nursing and leadership in healthcare systems. Learn to assess the ethical implications of law and public policy in healthcare. Review relevant case studies.
NUR 526
Evidence-Based Practice (3)
Study theories related to the generation of evidence, research utilization (RU) and evidence-based practice (EBP). Identify issues from various practice areas to develop and refine a researchable project.
NUR 600
Advanced Health Assessment (3)
Learn a systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and in various healthcare settings. In this course, you can learn interviewing techniques for taking health histories and advanced physical assessments.
NUR 615
Health Informatics (3)
Gain an introductory understanding of concepts in health informatics. Build a foundation for practice in the healthcare technology field. Explore healthcare data, clinical information management systems, security, personal productivity applications, consumer informatics, legal issues and professional skills, knowledge and certifications related to health informatics.
NUR 638
Principles of FNP Practice I – Acute/Chronic (3)
Study the basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for adult clients with selected acute and chronic illness.
NUR 639
Healthcare Clinical Practicum I* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 640
Healthcare Policy (3)
Study health policy development and implementation and its impact on healthcare regulation, delivery and finance. Focus on wellness and promotion of health for local, national and worldwide health initiatives. Learn to define healthcare provider roles in health promotion, healthcare delivery and quality improvement through activities related to health policy reform and finance.
NUR 642
Principles of FNP Practice II – Acute/Chronic (3)
Explore basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities of caring for adult clients with acute and chronic disorders.
NUR 643
Healthcare Clinical Practicum II* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 644
Principles of FNP Practice III – Women’s Health (3)
Explore basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for women from adolescence through adulthood.
NUR 645
Healthcare Clinical Practicum III* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to women from adolescence through adulthood. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 646
Principles of FNP Practice IV – Children (3)
Study basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for infants, children and adolescents.
NUR 647
Healthcare Clinical Practicum IV* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to infants, children and adolescents. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 648
Principles of FNP Practice V – Aging Adult Populations (3)
Examine the basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for aging adult clients.
NUR 649
Healthcare Clinical Practicum V* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to aging adult clients. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 651
Advanced Pharmacology I (3)
Gain the advanced knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and pharmacologically manage the treatment of common health problems in a safe, high-quality and cost-effective manner.
NUR 690
Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice (1)
Explore the professional aspects and challenges associated with advanced practice nursing. This course is tailored to meet the needs of a variety of specialties including a focus upon organizational, systems and population strategies.
NUR 697
Capstone A, B and C (each) (1)
The capstone is a student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly project. It synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address a current nursing practice issue related to your chosen advanced practice field of study. This capstone may be repeated for a maximum of three hours.
ENC 510
Statistical Procedures (3)
Study the principles and procedures for statistical interpretation of data. Explore measures and control tendency, variability, correlation and introductory predictive and inferential statistics.
* Clinical or practicum courses require a preceptor.
Note: Curriculum is subject to change.

Courses: Online DNP – Leadership Track

ATG 603
Planning, Decision-Making and Performance Measurement (2)
Gain an introduction to critical financial and managerial accounting tools, techniques and concepts. Learn to read and understand financial statements, as well as reports commonly used to share the results of operation for a medical business environment. Study the planning, operating and control tools associated with managerial accounting in a medical business environment. Explore a number of essential short- and long-term budgeting concepts to improve your planning and decision-making skills.
NUR 640
Healthcare Policy (3)
Study health policy development and implementation and its impact on healthcare regulation, delivery and finance. Focus on wellness and promotion of health for local, national and worldwide health initiatives. Learn to define healthcare provider roles in health promotion, healthcare delivery and quality improvement through activities related to health policy reform and finance.
CIS 576
Data Management (3)
Learn the techniques and processes to access, organize, protect and analyze data. Describe data collection, storage and retrieval methods. Explain data integration and interoperability, including data transfer and exchange standards. Understand why it’s important to define policies and procedures for data governance, quality, standards, security and privacy. Describe different strategies for data analysis. Topics include data warehousing, database registries, data mining, NoSQL and other data science techniques.
CS 571
Database Management Systems (3)
Study relational database design, including entity relationship modeling and normalization. Explore structured query language (SQL) for creating and querying databases. Other course topics include the theory of relational databases, relational algebra, various loading and reporting utilities and the implementation of database management systems.
ECO 603
Economic Markets; Competition and Monopoly (1)
This course introduces the learner to the basic workings of the economic market. Included are concepts addressing consumer and producer motivations in the marketplace, surpluses and shortages and third-party intervention into markets. Also the importance of competitive markets will be emphasized with a discussion of a lack of competition such as monopoly and the consequences for society.
ENC 510
Statistical Procedures (3)
Study the principles and procedures for statistical interpretation of data. Explore measures and control tendency, variability, correlation and introductory predictive and inferential statistics.
ML 630
Management in Healthcare Organizations (3)
This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding management in healthcare organizations. It emphasizes the complex roles of healthcare workers and the behavioral processes of leadership, communication, motivation, group dynamics, conflict, change and organizational development. The class also considers diversity, social responsibility and ethics.
NUR 603
Health Promotion in Populations (3)
Focus on core concepts in health and health promotion for groups, communities and populations. There are two interrelated goals for this course: (1) Provide students with a basic understanding of the principles and determinants of population health with an emphasis on the tools provided by basic epidemiology for understanding health in populations. (2) Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the steps needed to develop, implement and evaluate population-based health promotion and illness prevention programs.
NUR 625
DNP Practice Seminar I* (50 clinical hours) (1)
This is a student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly proposal. The project will provide an opportunity for leadership in healthcare policy resulting in safe and effective nursing and healthcare practice. An emphasis on healthcare financing, regulation and/or delivery is required. Students will choose a clinical setting to assess the needs of healthcare providers, consumers and stakeholders in the development of the proposal. Student will choose and collaborate with a faculty project advisor and a committee of scholars and experts in the field.
NUR 700
Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
Complete a theoretical analysis of nursing and the natural and social sciences for application as frameworks for research, practice, education and quality healthcare delivery.
NUR 720
Evidence-Based Practice (3)
This course introduces the learner to theories related to research utilization (RU) and evidence-based practice (EBP) and provides opportunities to explore issues and refine questions related to quality and cost-effective healthcare delivery for the best client outcomes. Methods to collect evidence, plan changes for the transformation of practice and evaluate quality improvement will be discussed. There is an emphasis on best practice based on evidence and preferences of the client.
NUR 725
DNP Practice Seminar II* (100 clinical hours) (2)
This course provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in the implementation of a scholarly proposal. The project will provide an opportunity for leadership in healthcare policy resulting in safe and effective nursing and healthcare practice. Students will refine their proposals and implement their projects in the chosen clinical setting to meet the needs of healthcare providers, consumers and stakeholders by assuring safe and cost-effective care. Students will demonstrate leadership in the practice setting and serve in the role of educator, consultant and change agent.
NUR 730
Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
This course provides participants with opportunities to critically analyze ethical issues that arise in practice, research, education and administration and their intersection with one’s personal values. Discussions will also include the legal obligations that frequently accompany ethical dilemmas. Classic as well as current literature will be explored, as will ethical theory and methods for resolution of ethical dilemmas.
NUR 735
Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
This course focuses on organizational and system leadership strategies for the advanced practice nurse with an emphasis on productivity in emerging practice environments. Improvement of health outcomes, patient safety and interprofessional collaboration will be included.
NUR 825
DNP Practice Seminar III* (150 clinical hours) (3)
This seminar is a student-initiated endeavor that culminates in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of a scholarly project. The project will provide opportunities for leadership and advocacy in healthcare policy development. Students will implement, evaluate and disseminate their project in the chosen clinical setting to meet the needs of healthcare providers, consumers and stakeholders in assuring safe and cost-effective care. Students will demonstrate leadership in the dissemination of project findings through publication and presentation.
NUR 840
Clinical Practice A, B and C (0-3)
This clinical is designed for you to complete the practicum hours required to achieve the practice doctorate. It’s tailored to meet the needs of a variety of specialty areas depending upon the educational backgrounds of participants. Students enrolled in this course will implement professional and leadership roles of the practice doctorate in their specialty areas. This clinical may be repeated for a maximum of 15 semester hours.

IS AN ONLINE DNP PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

Prepare for Your Advanced Degree in Nursing.

Need help deciding which online DNP program best aligns with your current needs and future goals? We can help.


Our online DNP – FNP program is an ideal choice if:
  • You have a BSN from an NLNAC-, ACEN- or CCNE-accredited nursing program.
  • You are passionate about family medicine.
  • You want to establish yourself as a leader in primary care.
The online DNP in Leadership is an ideal choice if:
  • You have an MSN from an NLNAC-, ACEN- or CCNE-accredited nursing program.
  • You are a master's-prepared RN and are ready to distinguish yourself as a leader.
  • You’re motivated and interested in mastering the administrative side of health care.
Here are a few other ways to know if an online DNP from Bradley is the right choice for you:
  • You want to collaborate with and learn from other aspiring nurse practitioners or nurse leaders.
  • You want a flexible online learning environment that fits your busy schedule.
  • You’re eager to learn from a faculty of passionate and experienced clinicians.
  • You’re ready to earn an advanced degree that can elevate your earnings potential.
Online Doctor of Nursing Practice