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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice — Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — it's the pinnacle of the nursing profession. And you don't have to leave Siouxland to reach it!

Demand for quality health care is ballooning, and providers everywhere seek highly educated, well-trained nurse practitioners to meet the need. The standard for training those nurse practitioners is the DNP. If you're already a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, our DNP program is designed to take you to the next level. Choose between two tracks: 

Family Nurse Practitioner
Prepare yourself to serve as a general primary health care provider, much like a family doctor.

Adult/Gerontology Practitioner
Learn to serve primary health care in multiple settings, particularly while caring for an aging population.


Our hybrid DNP program, which takes 4½ years to complete, offers a mixture of online and on-site classes. It is a collaboration between the Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff and the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University. You'll complete 65 credits through Briar Cliff and 18 credits through SDSU's campus in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Briar Cliff Department of Nursing