Post-Master's DNP

This Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program is designed for nurses who have a Master’s degree in Nursing and hold national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice (including Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist). The post-master’s DNP program is a 36 credit program that can be completed in 3 years, delivered via a hybrid method, catering to working APNs.  To ensure that all students have 1000 clinical hours upon graduation, additional credits (1-3) may be required in a clinical immersion final course, depending on the number of clinical hours completed in the previous master’s program.  If a student desires another clinical certification in a different focus area, additional coursework will be required.

Clinical Requirements:

A total of 1000 clinical hours is needed for a DNP degree. 336 indirect hours are included in the DNP program. Your transcript will be evaluated for your advanced practice clinical hours from your Master’s degree and additional clinical hours may be required to ensure that you have 1000 total hours. View Admission Requirements here.

Exceptional Learning Opportunities

  • A focus in population health and leadership prepares students to become leaders in practice innovation and policy development to improve the health of diverse patients, families, and populations.
  • Graduates enhance health outcomes through: evidenced-based decision-making and translation of evidence into practice; leading innovations in healthcare delivery; practice to improve quality patient care outcomes.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration is offered both in courses and within the project that is required for degree completion. The student gains experience within the project courses working with our many partners, within UD, and across the communities in DE. The project is typically focused around a clinical problem that is identified within their workplace. Applying EBP and translation strategies, the evidence is translated into that setting to improve clinical outcomes for that population.

To Apply
For more information about graduate admission and to apply online, visit the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Applicants must have a master’s degree.

Awards of financial assistance (fellowships and assistantships) may be available, and are made on the basis of merit. Students who complete applications by February 15 are given preference.

Admission Deadlines
April 15

Melissa Minor-Brown,

Semester/Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1  
881 Population Health I 3
813 Leadership and Innovation in Population Health 3
Spring Year 1  
882 Population Health II 3
844 Population Healthcare Informatics 3
Summer Year 1  
883 Evidence-Based Practice I: Methods 3
Fall Year 2  
873 DNP Project I: Problem Identification (112 hours) 3 (1+2)
Spring Year 2  
843 Policy and Finance for Healthcare Delivery 3
886 Evidence-Based Practice II: Translation 3
Summer Year 2  
874: DNP Project II: Planning & Development (112 hours) 3 (1+2)
Fall Year 3  
900: DNP Project III: Implementation (112 hours) 3 (1+2)
870 Writing for Dissemination 2
852 Integrated Healthcare Delivery I 3
Spring Year 3  
910: DNP Project IV: Evaluation & Dissemination 1
920: Clinical Role Immersion-Post master’s (variable clinical hours
56-168 based on number of needed to total 1000; or course may be waived)

Total credits: 36-39
Total clinical hours: indirect: 336-504