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Why Pursue a DNP at Cedarville?

Delivered from a Christian worldview, a DNP from Cedarville University will prepare you as an exceptional Christian nurse practitioner or nurse leader who will make a Gospel impact through nursing. You will be equipped to lead and collaborate as part of a complex medical team to improve patient and population outcomes. You will choose from the following tracks: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Family, or Pediatric) or Nursing Leadership.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner positions are expected to increase by 45% in the next 10 years, and a DNP from Cedarville will prepare you to meet this demand.

Choose Your Pathway to a DNP
  • The BSN to DNP pathway allows BSN-prepared nurses to complete a DNP degree in 75-79 credit hours (approximately four years).
  • The MSN to DNP pathway allows MSN-prepared nurses to complete a DNP degree, customized to their career goals, in 45-48 credit hours. The total hours will be determined by an MSN transcript review and your desired track.

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$5,000 Scholarship Offer

A limited number of $5,000 scholarships are now available to new graduate nursing students with financial need. Apply now to see if you qualify!

What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Advanced Practice

    Cedarville's DNP will equip you with the training and skills you need to serve as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Convenient Courses

    All DNP courses are offered in an online format, with flexible part-time and full-time completion options.

Program Overview

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Highlights

Convenient — All DNP courses are offered in a convenient 7- or 14-week online format.

Flexible — Part-time and full-time completion options.

Outstanding Christian Faculty  — You will be taught and mentored by faculty members who have both high academic credentials and clinical experience. They are passionate about helping you use nursing as a ministry.

Affordable — Cedarville’s DNP is affordably priced, and financial aid and scholarships are available.

What Can You Do With a DNP?

As a graduate of the DNP program, you will be qualified to seek national certification and employment as a nurse practitioner or serve as a nurse leader. You will find open doors to professionally and financially rewarding careers like:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Executive

Stewarding Your Gifts With a Graduate Degree

Listen as Cedarville's president, Dr. Thomas White, discusses how our graduate programs can help you steward your God-given talents for His glory.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Nurse Practitioner Track:

You will complete 800 hours of direct care clinical experience in various aspects of primary or acute healthcare, depending on your concentration.

You will participate in four required 2–3-day on-campus experiences, which include face-to-face instruction of course materials and simulation experiences. As part of these simulations, faculty will guide you through clinical decision-making, gaining advanced practice nursing skills and competencies

Nurse Leadership Track:

You will work collaboratively with other online students in discussion boards and group work.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

DNP Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid, including a potential $3,000 – $5,000 scholarship provided by generous donors to assist graduate nursing students who have financial need.

DNP Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in January, May, or August.

Program Curriculum

You will take graduate core courses, direct care core, DNP core, and specialty courses for your track.

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Program Contacts

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Kim Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, PNP Area of Focus Coordinator


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Cliff Fawcett, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, MED

Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus area, Associate Professor of Nursing


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Maggie Hess

Director of Graduate Recruiting - Nursing and Ministry Programs


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Chu-Yu Huang, PhD, RN

Coordinator of Research, Professor of Nursing


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Anne Russell, PhD, RN, CNS-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing


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Becka Wagner, EdD, RN, CNE, MSN, MSN/ED

Coordinator of the Nurse Educator (NE) focus area, Associate Professor of Nursing


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Aimee Wallis

Graduate Enrollment Advisor


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