Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program | Briar Cliff University

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Reach the pinnacle of nursing.

Applications for Briar Cliff's DNP program are accepted year-round!

Demand for quality health care is ballooning, and providers everywhere are seeking highly educated, well-trained nurse practitioners to meet the need. The standard for preparing those nurse practitioners is the DNP. If you're already a certified nurse practitioner, our post-master's DNP program is designed to take you to the next level in two years!

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A tradition of nursing excellence.

CCNE Accredited

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Please note: completion fo the DNP program does not lead to additional licensure. 

In fact, we are the first 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.

How does the program work?

  • Convenient and flexible online classes. Our program offers courses in a convenient, online format using our cutting-edge online learning platform.
  • Practicum with impact. We require 480 practicum hours from our DNP students because we know that it'll make a difference in your learning experience. Our practicums focus on elements of the DNP role such as leadership, cultural competency, ethics, population health, informatics, finance management, and evidence-based practice. These hours are satisfied through student course work/experiences and are infused within the curriculum.
  • Caring, veteran faculty members. Our instructors have decades of teaching and professional experience, and they’ll be with you at every step — never more than an email, phone call or chat away.

Required Technology

To complete online programs at Briar Cliff, you will need a computer with a microphone, web camera, and stable internet connection.

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Class Format


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Tuition Cost



36 credit hours, 480 practicum hours

Next Start Date

Fall 2019

Applications accepted year-round!