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Doctor of Nursing Practice


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest academic degree for nursing practice. This program prepares master’s degree nurses to be expert leaders and scholars, transform evidence based practice toward clinically significant results, creates and implements innovative strategies to improve health outcomes.


Contact Information

Pam Strohfus, DNP, RN, CNE
(208) 426-3577
NORCO Nursing and Health Services
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1840

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

Admission Requirements

Applicants admitted to the Graduate College are eligible to apply to the Post-Masters DNP program in the School of Nursing. The following must be met:

  1. Possess a valid, unencumbered RN license or advanced nursing practice license from within the United States.
  2. Applicants must possess either:
    1. a Master’s degree in Nursing from an an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited nursing program. Applicants are not required to be certified in a clinical specialty.
    2. a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited Nursing program and a master’s degree in a related field. Applicants who possess a Master’s degree in a related field may be required to take additional graduate courses.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the undergraduate nursing coursework and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in a master’s program.
  4. Three professional references to the School of Nursing DNP program. References must be from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors who can evaluate your potential for success in a doctoral program.
  5. Submit 500 word Comprehensive Statement. The Comprehensive Statement will be evaluated for the quality of both the content and writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use), must not exceed 500 words, and must:
    1. Discuss how your career and the nursing profession could be enhanced through two (2) of the eight (8) Essentials of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Explain why you chose those two essentials to discuss.
    2. Identify a significant population, organizational or system problem that requires a change. Explain why this change would achieve a more successful health outcome using evidence. This problem should be one that you could potentially use as the basis for your DNP Scholarly Project.
  6. An interview with select graduate faculty is required as part of the admissions process. Applicants will be contacted by the School of Nursing to schedule the interview.

Admission Steps:

Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admission requirements.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: Priority is given to applications submitted by April 15th.

Military Applicants (to accommodate Federal Government Requirements): October 1st