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Grow from advanced practice nurse to expert practitioner and leader.

If you’re committed to providing the highest quality of care, it’s time to pursue the highest level of nursing education — your D.N.P.

UND’s online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can help you develop skills that position you for leadership roles and to make large-scale improvements in health care practice and administrative policy. Start building your confidence as a nursing expert by earning the credentials you need to influence change and continue advocating for quality patient care. Your path to leadership continues with UND.

Why earn your Post-Master’s D.N.P.?

  • Industry credibility: D.N.P. nurses are well-respected and better positioned for leadership opportunities at the highest levels of their practice.
  • Focus on clinical medicine: Nurses with a D.N.P. remain at the frontlines of health care, helping to create better outcomes through direct action as opposed to research and theory, according to Nurse.org.
  • Increased level of care: A doctoral degree in nursing helps ensure that you learn critical skills driven by evidence‑based practices.
  • Compensation: The average salary for nurses with a D.N.P. is $120,460, according to In-House Research.

Why choose UND for nursing?

  • Complete coursework 100% online with a seamless transition from the master’s program.
  • Complete a project instead of a dissertation, with an increased focus on real-world health care practices over academic research.
  • Learn from experienced faculty who can add real-world perspective to all four certification areas.
  • Take advantage of clinical placement assistance that supports your growth as a nurse and ensures you receive the insights you need to improve patient care.
  • Enroll if you’re an A.P.R.N. certified as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife or nurse practitioner.


To qualify for the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a master’s degree or higher from an accredited nursing program.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a previous graduate nursing program.
  • Current unencumbered R.N. license — valid in the U.S..
  • Active national certification in an advanced practice registered nurse specialty; such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife or nurse practitioner.

UND is recognized for quality and chosen for excellence.

The University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

We’re consistently ranked among the best for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. Our reputation, paired with more than 120 online degree and certificate programs, has encouraged nearly 14,000 students from around the world to explore more than 225 fields of study with us every year.

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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