Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Program Availability

Through the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, you’ll receive the highest level of preparation for clinical practice—from the first nursing college in Nebraska to offer this advanced degree.

We offer a mix of on-campus and online courses so you can fit your studies into your already busy life. You can be a full- or part-time student, and classes meet on campus just a few times each semester. Another bonus: You don’t have to take the GRE or submit a thesis.

We regularly admit new graduates, who may take core graduate courses prior to completing the 2,000 hours of clinical practice necessary for the upper-level clinical courses. For those students enrolled in the Pediatric and Psychiatric Mental Health tracks, those hours need to be Pediatric and Psychiatric specific. Neonatal track students need to complete 4,000 hours of Neonatal specific clinical practice.


Online Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program consists of mostly online classes, but you are required to have some visits to campus.


You’ll gain both advanced scientific knowledge and the practical hands-on skills you need to take on an even greater leadership role in healthcare. As a DNP nursing student, you can further develop your communication, leadership and critical thinking skills through Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program courses —preparing you to go out into the world and make a difference.

Only 3 out of 5 nurses work in hospitals, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 26% increase in nursing positions by 2020. Which means there’s a growing need for nurses in a variety of settings, including schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, community health centers, research labs, and government and social assistance agencies.

Completion of the Doctor of Nursing Program prepares students to:

  1. Integrate nursing science with theories and knowledge from interdisciplinary sciences to advance the health of people and quality of clinical practices.
  2. Provide leadership in the analysis of health care delivery systems and clinical practices, and the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of strategies for creating and sustaining continuous improvement.
  3. Apply information technology and decision support systems to analyze, evaluate, and improve structure, processes, and outcomes in health care.
  4. Engage in policy analysis, formulation, implementation, and advocacy activities to improve health care locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  5. Apply communication, collaborative, and dispute resolution skills and techniques to maximize team performance in analyzing and resolving complex issues.
  6. Apply appropriate methods and models in partnership with families, individuals, groups, communities, and providers to improve health and address gaps in population-based healthcare.
  7. Employ a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to address, prevent, and resolve ethical dilemmas and situations.
  8. Engage in the generation, translation, application, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence to administrative and/or clinical practices.
  9. Integrate advanced and specialized knowledge and skills when implementing practice roles in clinical care delivery or management of care delivery systems.


Through Creighton’s nurse practitioner plans of study, you’ll learn to manage the care of individuals and families in areas such as:

  • Advanced health promotion
  • Diagnostic
  • Medication
  • Therapeutic

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—manage the care of individuals in acute care settings. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology ACNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses(AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • Family Nurse Practitioner—manage care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families. Graduates who complete the Family NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and  the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner—care for newborns in level III neonatal intensive care units. Graduates who complete the Neonatal NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the National certification Corporation (NCC).
  • Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (Dual)—manage the care of pediatric patients across the entire continuum of health from wellness to critical care.  Graduates who complete  the Pediatric Dual track program are eligible to take the primary and acute care national certification exams through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB).
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner—manage care throughout the lifespan of diverse populations and can practice within a variety of acute and primary care  settings. Graduates who complete Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Nurse Leader Track

  • Clinical Systems Administration Track—Work as an innovative and collaborative leader in corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of health care.

State Regulatory Requirements

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, the Creighton University College of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a MSN or DNP nursing program, or Post Graduate Certificate: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**

** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply
This information will be updated as state regulatory requirements change.
For all other states not listed above, regulations vary depending on the program and/or individual situation. Please contact Creighton University College of Nursing at 402.280.3492 for questions regarding a specific state.

What You'll Learn

  • Gain advanced scientific knowledge
  • Find out what it takes to succeed in a clinical setting
  • Practice effective communication skills
  • Hone your leadership skills
  • Learn creative and critical thinking skills


Plans of study vary depending on the track you choose. Creighton College of Nursing offers the following Post-Graduate Program of Study tracks. Find yours to review a PDF with your plan of study:




The MSN to DNP program is designed for current APRN nurses, as well as those with an MSN in Administration, who are prepared at the graduate level and are wanting to earn their DNP degree. Applicants who are MSN prepared, but are not currently an APRN or have an MSN in Administration, will need to complete a BSN to DNP curriculum in order to complete all required course content for a Nurse Practitioner track.

  • Master’s Program of Study - Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Master’s to DNP Clinical Systems Administration Program of Study



Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit

Creighton University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program also holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.

Student Organizations

  • Creighton University Student Nurse Association (CUSNA)

    As a member of the Creighton University Student Nurse Association, you’ll serve as a leader in the College of Nursing community and beyond. The CUSNA is a chapter of a national student nurse organization, enabling members to have a voice for nursing students across the state as well as nationwide.

  • Nursing Senate

    The Nursing Senate serves as one voice for the nursing student body. As a member, you’ll positively contribute to the nursing profession, Creighton University, and the College of Nursing by:

    • Extending service and social opportunities to all nursing students
    • Collaborating with students, faculty, staff and other Creighton professionals
    • Working together to strengthen the College of Nursing community
  • Hastings Association of Nursing Students (HANdS)

    HANdS represents and speaks as one voice for the nursing student body. The organization coordinates activities and embraces issues to serve as a channel of communication between College of Nursing faculty and students on the Central Nebraska Campus.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Confirmation of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Active, unencumbered RN license
    • Must include Nebraska eligibility
    • 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience in direct patient care (prior to clinical courses only)
    • 2,000 hours of direct patient care in psychiatric mental health (prior to clinical courses in psychiatric mental health track only)

    • 4,000 hours of direct care in level III NICU (prior to clinical neonatal courses only)

    • 2,000 hours of direct care in pediatrics (prior to clinical courses in pediatric track only)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
    • Must include verification of clinical/practicum hours completed in master’s or certificate program
  • Three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer, who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course or equivalent


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

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