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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Transform the future of nursing

As a registered nurse, you value patient care, system outcomes, and healthcare practice for your patients and the greater community. Concordia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses seeking to transform communities, build a better quality of life for patients and their families, and achieve the highest level in nursing education.

Concordia’s 3-year DNP online program is designed for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). The Concordia DNP launches in May 2023. Are you in? 


Learn Online

Learn Online


Short residency

3-Day residency



BSN to DNP program


Program Differentiators

Practical and Dynamic courses

Practical and Dynamic Courses

The Concordia DNP program is a 36-month program focusing on the indirect care of populations and visionary leadership. It will prepare graduates to provide interprofessional leadership, coordinate and evaluate quality improvement and evidence-based practice, and advocate for social justice by critically analyzing health care policy.

Collaborative cohorts

Collaborative Cohort Model

Students in the Concordia DNP program work through their coursework in a cohort model. This model facilitates collaboration, support, and peer learning communities through a shared experience.


BSN to DNP Program

The Concordia DNP degree program is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP degree program and a Master of Science in Nursing degree will not be required.  Rather, the DNP degree program is designed for BSN prepared nurses seeking a terminal degree in an advanced practice nursing role.

  • Health Equity and Nursing
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness in Healthcare Leadership
  • Communication and Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Nurse Leaders
  • Healthcare Policy and Politics for the Nurse Leader
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Student success and support

At Concordia, we get personal. As a DNP student, you can lean on your peers and faculty for professional and personal support.

Student success and support focused


At Concordia, we get personal. As a DNP student, you can lean on your peers and faculty for professional and personal support.

Flexible Online Programs


Your tuition cost is locked in when you enroll, so there are no surprises down the road. Plus, 100% of our students receive some form of financial aid and are enrolled in our textbook rental program to help make this degree more affordable.   

Affordable Programs

Faith Infused Learning

The world needs more ethical leaders like you. Build on your skills and become an ethical, competent leader in your industry and community with faith and values-based instruction.

Faith Infused learning


Earning a DNP degree from Concordia signals to employers that you received a high quality education with rigorous and relevant coursework. 

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Career Outcomes
  • Healthcare Executive
  • Faculty in Nursing Higher-Education
  • Healthcare Lobbyist and Policymaker
  • Author 
  • Peer Reviewer
  • Speaker
  • Educator in Clinical Staff Development
  • Consultant



School of Nursing


  • What is the difference between a PhD and a DNP?

    A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Nursing Science focuses on nursing research and a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) is focused on clinical practice. A DNP is for nurses who seek a terminal degree in nursing practice rather than a research-focused terminal degree.

  • Is a dissertation required to receive a DNP degree?

    Rather than a research focused dissertation, an evidence-based scholarly project/product that aims to improve clinical practice  will be required from DNP students for completion of a practice doctorate in nursing.

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Concordia Blog Post

The Importance of Nursing Education in Communities
Jan. 16, 2023 by Jolie Mittelstadt, MSN, RN
How the Pandemic Changed Nursing and Why the Industry Needs More Leaders
Dec. 13, 2022 by Mariah Brice, Concordia Nursing Program Alumna
The Future of Nursing Leadership
Dec. 10, 2022 by Emma Zhong, MSN APRN FNP-C Assistant Director of Practicum Education College of Health Sciences