Elevate the nursing profession—and your career—with Walden’s online DNP program.

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As a nurse dedicated to your patients and the field, you want to play a bigger role in healthcare’s transformation. Turn your passion into impact with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Walden. An online DNP program prepares nurses to influence patient outcomes through top-level positions—from administrative and managerial roles to academics and beyond. You can feel confident in a post-master’s DNP program that’s accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Why Pursue Your Doctor of Nursing Practice With Walden?

  • Prepare to drive meaningful change in the field: This online DNP program emphasizes the topics that matter most to nurses today, such as evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.
  • Learn from outstanding faculty with real-world industry insights: Our online DNP program teaching faculty are doctorally prepared, with practical experience in a variety of settings and patient populations.
  • Grow with a university that shares your desire to make a difference: Walden focuses not only on teaching our students but also on empowering them to solve social problems and better the world.
  • Skip the residency: The only traveling you have to do is to your local practicum site. Our field education coordinators can even help you find the ideal preceptor and clinical site for you.
  • Get an edge on your DNP project: Prepare for your final doctoral project with an optional, face-to-face writing intensive. Choose a topic that interests you. Begin working on your DNP project with your committee chair early in the program.
  • Potentially earn your DNP faster—and for less: You may be eligible to transfer up to 424 practicum hours from your master’s degree program, shortening your path to degree completion and lowering your tuition costs.

Walden Facts

Walden is the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees.6

Almost 90% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.7

Impact Healthcare at a Higher Level

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that the DNP be the minimum required degree for those seeking a career in advanced practice nursing.2 Earning your doctorate in nursing at Walden can prepare you to lead innovation in an evolving field. Position yourself for advanced practice and leadership roles; mold the next generation of nurses; and promote a more effective, efficient, and affordable healthcare system for all.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online DNP program will be prepared to:

  • Translate research findings to direct evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs.
  • Apply optimal utilization of healthcare information technology across healthcare settings.
  • Advocate for the advancement of nursing and healthcare policy through sharing of science-based knowledge with healthcare policy makers.
  • Demonstrate leadership to facilitate collaborative teams for improving patient and population health outcomes.
  • Utilize advanced nursing practice knowledge to implement methodologies to improve population health outcomes.
  • Establish a foundation for lifelong learning for continual elevation of contributions to the field of nursing through active involvement in professional organizations and/or other professional bodies.
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Lead the Way to Better Patient Outcomes.

You want to help redefine healthcare delivery? Walden has the resources to help you reach your potential. From dedicated faculty to exceptional student support, we’re here for you at every step. Find out what makes the Walden’s doctoral experience different.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

Expand Your Possibilities. Inspire Change.

In an era of preventive healthcare and growing patient populations, nurses with advanced degrees are being called upon to do more. According to a report by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), giving nurses with advanced degrees expanded new roles and opportunities is essential to changing the trajectory of U.S. healthcare delivery.3

An online DNP degree can propel you further in your career and qualify you for opportunities you never imagined. Forge a clear path to top-level roles in administration, management, research, and policymaking. Use your unique educational perspective and experience to empower new nursing professionals to shape a brighter future for the industry.

What Can I Do With a DNP?

A Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can provide greater career mobility, paving the way to roles such as:

  • Chief nursing officer (CNO)
  • Nurse administrator
  • Manager of informatics
  • Nursing policy positions: director of government policy
  • Director/manager of health policy
  • Clinical research director
  • Risk management: RN ethics and compliance officers
  • RN directors and managers in all specialties
  • Safety officers, directors, managers
  • Research and simulation center directors, managers
  • Clinical teaching positions

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this DNP program.

Increase Your Earning Potential

Since top-level roles in healthcare typically come with more responsibilities, earning a DNP degree can potentially lead to a greater salary. Some examples of average salaries include:

  • Chief nursing officer (CNO): $127,2374
  • Clinical research director: $108,1734
  • Clinical instructor: $89,3665
  • Nurse administrator: $86,6114


Allison Souza

Allison Souza

MSN Graduate / DNP Student
The instructors really go out of their way to assist you in succeeding.
I have referred friends to Walden. I want them to learn and grow.
Walden afforded me the ability to work full time and attend school. The Walden staff was helpful, friendly, and walked me through using the computer as a tool to learn.
Sharon Scott Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduate
Sharon Scott Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduate
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Luzviminda Miguel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Luzviminda Miguel

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP codes 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse); 51.3808 (Nursing Science); 51.3818 (Nursing Practice). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

2Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing. DNP Talking Points.

3Source: Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing Focus on Scope of Practice (October 2010).

4Source: PayScale. Chief Nursing Officer, Research Director With Clinical Research Skills, Nurse Administrator (retrieved July 12, 2019). National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries or salary growth, and are subject to change.

5Source: Glassdoor. Clinical Instructor (retrieved July 12, 2019). National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries or salary growth, and are subject to change.

6Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.

7Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on licensure
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is not a licensure program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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