Online DNP Careers

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
  • Healthcare 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
  • Primary care private practices
  • Community health agencies
  • Government agencies

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Let’s take an in-depth look at a few of your career options:

Chief Nursing Officer*

Median Salary: $125,857

Chief nursing officers (CNOs) direct nursing services at a healthcare facility, monitor the quality of service, and supervise nursing managers. They follow strict safety policies to ensure adequate patient care and collaborate with hospital leadership to design innovative patient care strategies.

Nursing Director*

Median Salary: $83,151

Directors of nurses oversee groups of nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and other medical institutions. These directors are responsible for ensuring that all administered care adheres to all laws and regulations and is provided in a caring and professional manner.

Clinical Nurse Manager*

Median Salary: $80,413

A clinical nurse manager is responsible for nurse scheduling, education and fielding complaints. Generally, they are also responsible for overseeing the selection, training and development of staff.

Nurse Educator*

Median Salary: $72,967

A nurse educator plays a critical role in the continuing education and evaluation of the nurses and caregivers. Together with hospital administrators they develop continuing education programs and evaluations for the staff at their institution, as well as help set policies and create systems related to patient care.

Lobbyist or Legislative Consultant*

Median Salary: $76,175

Healthcare consultants performa a variety of tasks including conducting research to identify problems, researching possible solutions to the problem, observing, talking with employees and managers, writing reports, and conducting meetings with clients to share solutions. They may also designs systems and procedures for identified solutions.

Healthcare Director*

Median Salary: $80,410

Hospitals and medical facilities are often comprised of departments spanning many specialties that must work together to ensure quality patient care. Healthcare directors supervise departmental operations, coordinate the duties of individuals working within their departments, and cooperate with outside departments to accomplish shared tasks.

Nursing Professor*

Median Salary: $86,574

Nursing professors educate students interested in becoming nurses. They also help them develop research, dissertations, or other scholarly papers. Professors are also generally required to perform research, collect and analyze data, and examine original documents, literature, and other source material.

Nurse Administrator*

Median Salary: $81,962

Nurse administrators are usually case managers for companies which provide in-home nursing services, and they are also present in assisted living facilities. They also oversee staff operations, business planning, manage compliance, track inventory and place orders.