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The DNP degree is the highest practice degree in nursing.VCU's DNP program emphasizes patient safety, quality improvement, leadership, health policy, and organizational systems. Our graduates are prepared to lead teams of health care professionals in a wide variety of settings to improve patient outcomes. 

We offer two pathways to our DNP program; the B.S. to DNP for registered nurses who have a bachelor's degree and the post-master’s DNP for registered nurses who have a master's degree. The B.S. to DNP pathway offers three direct care concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and one indirect care concentration: Nursing Leadership and Organizational Science. This pathway blends best practices of online and face to face instruction to create a convenient schedule for working nurses. Our post-master's DNP pathway prepares advanced practice nurses to lead change without changing their certification and is fully online.  All students will attend immersion sessions at the beginning of each semester, typically for 1-2 days at a time.

Review our post-master's-DNP program overviewapplication instructions, admission requirements and degree requirements.

Review our B.S.-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration overview, Family Nurse Practitioner concentration overview, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse practitioner concentration overviewNursing Leadership and Organizational Science and application instructions.

Why choose VCU's DNP program?


  • Our DNP program is ranked No. 38 in the nation 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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