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The DNP degree is the highest practice degree in nursing. Our graduates are prepared to lead teams of health care professionals in a wide variety of settings to improve patient outcomes. The DNP program emphasizes patient safety, quality improvement, leadership, health policy, and organizational systems. With an online format geared toward the working nurse, students will come to VCU three times per year at the beginning of each semester, typically for 1-2 days at a time. 

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Why choose VCU’s Post-Master’s DNP program?


  • Our DNP program is ranked in the top 50 DNP programs nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. 
  • Our school is a part of an academic health science campus anchored by VCU Health System, a Magnet-recognized hospital that received the prestigious American Hospital Association McKesson Award for Quality and Safety.
  • Our students are taught by doctorally educated faculty who are nationally recognized for their contributions to education and advanced practice.
  • Our linkage with the Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety gives our students cutting-edge skills to enhance health care.
  • Our students enjoy a closely mentored online learning experience.
  • Our DNP program prepares nurses to lead interprofessional health care teams and participate in the health policy efforts. 


DNP Plan of Study full-time - fall admission

DNP Plan of Study part-time - fall admission

DNP Plan of Study part-time - spring admission


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