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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

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A tradition of nursing excellence.

CCNE Accredited

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Briar Cliff University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

We are the first and only accredited doctoral level nursing program in Northwest Iowa. From our founding as a women's college in 1930 to the evolution of our highly sought online and graduate nursing degrees, at Briar Cliff University we've been educating the region's most committed nurses for generations.

Reach the pinnancle of nursing.

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 in just 4½ years.

Choose your program track.

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. 

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How does the program work?

Our hybrid DNP program 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.

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83 credit hours

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 Next Start Date

Aug. 22, 2016

 Class Format

Hybrid (online & face-to-face)