Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU) is ideal for nurse leaders, including nurse informaticists and advanced practice registered nurses, who wish to remain on the forefront of patient care. In the DNP program, you will examine and expand upon the theoretical and scientific foundations of healthcare through engaging peer discussions and scholarly activities led by expert instructors. Expand your healthcare knowledge and nursing skills through immersion activities designed to propel you to the highest level of nursing practice. Continue to meet your current professional obligations while progressing through a rigorous curriculum, which culminates in an evidence-based research Direct Practice Improvement project.

Achieve the Highest Level of Nursing Education With a DNP Degree

The online DNP degree1 at GCU can stimulate personal and professional growth, allowing master's prepared RNs to work toward the pinnacle of their career. Explore principles in organizational change leadership that you can apply to your current healthcare organization. Become a compassionate servant leader who inspires nursing teams to continually strive for healthcare excellence. Examine best practices in clinical solutions. Demonstrate your advanced knowledge and skills by identifying a health practice or organizational change leadership topic for your direct practice improvement (DPI) project.

GCU is committed to offering a flexible learning path for professional learners. Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree via our online platform. The online DNP program requires a total of 39 credits for graduation. Online courses are eight weeks in length, with the exception of the three project courses, which are 16 weeks in length.

Expand Your Theoretical Knowledge With an Online DNP Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a comprehensive program that blends theoretical knowledge with clinical application. Some of the courses you will take include:

    Emerging Areas of Human Health
    Scientific Underpinnings
    Patient Outcomes and Sustainable Change
    Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice
    Health Care Informatics

Learners develop core competencies in nursing science and consider ethical issues in health care research. There is an emphasis on the application of evidence-based nursing science to optimize patient outcomes.
Study Relevant Topics in Your Field

Graduates of GCU are taught to effect positive change in health care organizations by applying research-based principles to nurture favorable patient outcomes. Some DNPs prefer to continue working directly with patient populations as advanced practice registered nurses. Others may undergo additional training to pursue specialized career paths, such as the role of nurse educator. Some employment settings may include the following:

    Hospitals and clinics
    Public health offices
    Research facilities
    Physicians’ offices
    Independent practice

For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.

1 While all courses are completed online, you will need to attend immersion hours in person locally.

§ MOU-Alumni 2000 Doctoral-Sep2023: The Alumni Scholarship for Doctoral Programs is only valid for those applicants who submit a complete application and begin a Doctoral program in September 2023. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other GCU scholarship or awards and only applies to online and evening programs. Please speak to a university counselor for complete details.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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