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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Program Quick Facts

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100% Online Coursework

Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Valuable On-Site Experience

Solidify your knowledge of patient care with 1,000 hours of on-site clinical work.  

Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at NMSU Global Campus prepares you for clinical excellence at the highest level of practice. Our expert faculty provide a holistic perspective on the best ways to enhance healthcare and improve patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based practice strategies.

With 100% online coursework, our program is ideal for nurse administrators, nurse leaders, and advanced practice registered nurses who wish to remain at the forefront of patient care.

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Career Pathways

The rewarding professional possibilities for DNP graduates from NMSU Global Campus include roles such as:

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Healthcare Executive
  • Nurse Practitioner
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“NMSU Global is user-friendly and student-friendly. The work for the graduate programs is online, and the teachers work closely with the students.”

Dr. Jennifer A., Class of 2023

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a terminal practice degree for nurses, and NMSU Global Campus offers these professional specialty tracks:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN-to-DNP
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

In this flexible, affordable doctoral program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams to achieve quality healthcare goals and reduce national health disparities. As you engage with emerging science in the application of advanced nursing practice, you’ll develop in-depth leadership roles in addressing complex health problems, learning how to deliver contemporary, cost-effective, and culturally competent healthcare.

Although the coursework for these programs is 100% online, the clinical component consists of over 1,000 contact hours, so be prepared for the time commitment this program requires. Interested applicants should review program information on the School of Nursing’s DNP program website and contact the Nursing Graduate Academic Advisor.

Delivery Format: 100% online with in-person clinicals
Program Credits: 50-70 credits
Program Length: 2 years for MSN-to-DNP or 3 years for BSN-to-DNP
Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40* base tuition + $49/credit tuition differential
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation
Application Deadline BSN-to-DNP: February 15, 2024 (priority deadline), April 1, 2024 (final deadline for 2024-2025 academic year)
Application Deadline MSN-to-DNP: May 15, 2024 (for the 2024-2025 academic year)
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program consists of 26-28 credits for MSN-to-DNP-track students who are advanced-practice registered nurses wishing to earn the terminal clinical degree in nursing. For students without a master’s degree, the program consists of 43-50 credits.

Sample Courses Credits
NURS 5125: Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 5130: Promoting Health Behavior 3
NURS 5120: Nursing Informatics 3
NURS 6125: Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners 3
NURS 6130: Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
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At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.