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Federico Arroyo

Admissions Counselor


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from ResU will provide you with the knowledge and experience to transform healthcare.

The DNP program at ResU is specifically designed for the working professional and is 100% online. Our unique focus on Urban Health & Policy explores the social determinants of urban health along with the health policy implications of providing equitable health care for vulnerable populations - preparing our DNP graduate to transform health care systems.

Leadership and Administration

Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN)


DNP Prepared Nurses Generally Work

in One of Two Settings,

Why get your DNP degree?


DNP prepared nurses are leaders who play a key role in improving health care outcomes through systems change.

APRNs who choose to pursue the DNP will enhance their clinical and management skills – translating research into practice, improving quality of care, and broadening their focus to population health.

Direct Patient Care

DNP nurses focus on patients, populations, and systems of care and are in demand in all aspects of the health care arena.

Career Options

DNP prepared nurses are transforming health care by being on the cutting edge of innovation.


Earn your DNP online and be a part of the solution to complex healthcare issues

6 semesters

32 semester hours

100% online

Frequently asked questions

What is a DNP?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is ultimately designed to produce leaders in nursing. Such nurses possess the highest level of nursing expertise and work either in a clinical setting or leadership role upon obtaining the required credentials. They possess adept knowledge to influence healthcare outcomes through organizational leadership, health policy implementation, and direct patient care.

There are only two doctoral level degrees in the nursing profession - the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Both degrees are terminal degrees, this means that neither is considered more “advanced” than the other. The DNP degree is a practice doctorate. The PhD is a research doctorate. Graduates of PhD programs are prepared to conduct independent research and disseminate their findings. The DNP will provide graduates with the skills and tools necessary to assess the evidence gained through nursing research, evaluate the impact of that research on their practice and, as necessary, make changes to enhance quality of care.

Is a DNP Different from a Ph.D.?

Which is better: a DNP or PhD in Nursing?

This will depend on an individual's career goals. Both are considered terminal degrees and demonstrate clinical excellence in the field of nursing. A DNP is focused on clinical practice and a PhD is research-focused. Give us a call and we can guide you through the process and answer any questions.

How much do DNP-qualified NPs make annually?

According to 2018 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), DNP-prepared Nurse Practitioners earned an average annual salary of $125,440

What can you do with a doctoral degree in nursing?

Graduates with a doctoral degree can lead and enhance nursing in many ways. Often, advanced practice providers can cultivate others in their current role, perform research with a multidisciplinary team and educate the provider and leaders of tomorrow. The possibilities are endless in the nursing role and starting your DNP is the start of that journey!

Advanced practice nurses obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to gain advanced practice knowledge and further enhance their skillset. This is a terminal degree for advanced practice nurses to continue to expand their knowledge and our unique coursework focuses on Healthcare Innovations, Public Policy and Urban Health for vulnerable populations . In addition, graduates are able to make an impact through their final DNP project, further demonstrating their abilities in their role as a provider or healthcare leader.

Is this path to DNP one that you should choose?

ResU was part of my health system and I was impressed with the quality of their graduates that I had hired and worked with. I was also impressed with the dedication the faculty had to student success.

James Kerridge


Rebecca P. Gibson


Rebecca's employment at Central Methodist allowed her to go to RESU as part of a consortium and attend this wonderful program at a decreased cost.

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