Doctor of Nursing Practice

Offered by: Radford University
Type: Doctorate
Format: Online (asynchronous)
Average Time to Complete The length of the program depends on your status as full or part-time, but must be completed in eight years.

About the Program

Radford University’s School of Nursing offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to prepare registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing science (BSN), a master’s degree (MS), or a master’s degree in nursing science (MSN) for advanced nursing practice. The program is distance-based to promote maximum flexibility while maintaining quality. Theory and research-based courses prepare our graduates to work in a variety of settings and to provide leadership in health care

The program culminates in a residency tailor-made to the student’s learning needs and career goals.

The program is congruent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Essentials and will prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest clinical level. The program is offered in a distance-learning format, delivering the program through online web-based classes.

Career Paths

Upon completion of the DNP program, graduates are eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Nurse Leadership. The DNP program offers the required clinical and didactic courses in all concentrations and more than 1,000 clinical hours.

Courses & Requirements

30-81 Credit Hours

Post-baccalaureate program concentrations will be approximately 81 credit hours.

The post-master’s program will be approximately 30 credit hours and will be available to:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse Specialists
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NPs
  • Nurse Executive Leadership

The post-master’s program for non-certified nurses is variable credit based on transcripts.

Full and part-time status is available. The Radford University DNP program is tailored toward specific concentrations that are well suited for rural care scenarios.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Student Success Center
  • Career Center
  • Computer lab and student lounge
  • Cafe serving breakfast and lunch
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Visit the program page for more information.