What will I learn?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional degree created for nurses seeking an advanced terminal degree in nursing practice. As an alternate to research-focused doctoral programs, the Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to develop health care leaders who maximize quality, reduce cost, and increase access to health care while caring for diverse populations. Changing demands in the nation’s health care environment require nurses to have the highest level of scientific knowledge, practice expertise, and organizational skills in order to provide quality value based care for individuals and populations across the care continuum.

The Madonna University Post BSN to DNP curriculum is based on the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice, AACN (2011) Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing, NONPF (2017) core competencies, and select NONPF population competencies that build on baccalaureate nursing education. This program encompasses two integration seminars that allow for reflection of knowledge development as students’ progress from baccalaureate to doctoral education. In addition, there are several population foci to select from with enriching clinical experiences to enhance learning. A scholarly project is integrated within course work to facilitate completion of the program. A Master of Science in Nursing Degree is awarded after completion of 46-60 semester hours and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is awarded after completion of 70-80 semester hours.

Which department am I in?

College of Nursing and Health

Study options

Full Time (74 semester hours)

Tuition fees
USD $945 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020


College of Nursing and Health

Madonna University,

Room 101 DiPonio Building,



48150, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university; undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

For international students

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university with an overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

A current unencumbered RN license in the State of Michigan.

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT, Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 80; or

TOEFL paper-and-pencil test with a minimum score of 550, accompanied by the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 5; or

MELAB score of 77 or higher on all parts; or

IELTS score of 6.5+; or

PTE Academic score of 53.

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About this uni

A pioneering institution, Madonna University was the first university in the U.S. to offer a bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Studies.

  • Small student-staff ratio of 13:1 for personalized attention
  • 100 undergraduate and over 30 postgraduate programs
  • 98% of students employed within a year of graduating
  • 80% of students receive grants or scholarships