Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master’s)

Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice and Lead the Nursing Profession

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RMU Nursing Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide a student-centered education that prepares graduates for socially responsible, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based autonomous, and collaborative practice.

RMU Nursing Vision

The vision of the College of Nursing is to prepare graduate-level nurses to advance the quality, delivery, and efficacy of healthcare.


Earn the Highest Nursing Practice Degree

Earn the terminal degree for nurses; set yourself apart with a DNP. Build the leadership and scholarship skills to stay ahead of ongoing changes in healthcare. Take organizations and nursing practice into the future.

Lead, Educate, and Implement Change

Advance your clinical knowledge, skills, and marketability. Further your career opportunities in the nursing field and better serve your patients through the evaluation and application of evidence-based practice. Prepare to assume a leadership role, and impact generations of nurses through education and systems change.

Designed for Practicing RN’s and NP’s

Keep caring for your patients as you invest in your future. Our program is designed for working nurses like you. Because our program is only 4 semesters, students can continue to work as RNs and NPs in their communities. We believe it is important to continue practicing so you can directly implement what you are learning for your patients.

Go from an MSN to a DNP

Go from your Master of Science in Nursing to a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Our DNP program is designed for experienced nurses who are ready to take the crowning step in their nursing education.

Increase the Quality of Care for Your Patients

Everything comes down to your patients and their outcomes. Avoid living in the world of anecdotal clinical treatment without evidence. Learn how to research clinically and how to apply the best research for your patients to provide the best possible care.


We have outfitted our Doctor of Nursing Practice with two distinct focuses that allow you to strategically position yourself for your next career direction. These extend your nursing practice through specialized knowledge and expertise.

Clinical Leadership

Clinical Leadership

Lead hospitals and other institutions to provide consistent patient care through sophisticated practice. Position yourself to impact overall healthcare delivery strategies for medical organizations.

Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Learn how to lead healthcare organizations into the future through advanced business practices and administrative strategies. Understand the link between practice and legislation to become a nuanced advocate within the industry.


Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for an exceptional career as a nurse with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Offer the care your patients need while opening yourself up to new leadership and clinical opportunities.

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Leadership, Health Promotion, & Policy

Take courses in organizational behavior management, health promotion, and leadership in healthcare. A focus on quality improvement, healthcare economics, and ethics will effectively equip you with the foresight and tools to pursue a meaningful future.

Scholarly Project

Complete an evidence-based scholarly project. Become a content expert in an area of your choice. The scholarly project is the culminating learning experience in the DNP programーand gives you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned to your personal work.

Evidence-Based Practice

Our rigorous DNP program develops healthcare professionals and leaders with advanced skills when it comes to evidence-based practice. You’ll learn to critically review literature, transform system processes at the point of care, and advance knowledge through publications and presentations.

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Summer 2024

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Fall 2024

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Winter 2025

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  • Be an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Any transcript for which a nursing degree was conferred (if applicable)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation (The recommendations are ideally from a current or former supervisor or professional colleague who can comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice.)

*Prior to starting your program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions College of Nursing, you are required to provide evidence of your immunization status.

*Current vaccination requirements include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • TDap
  • COVID-19
  • Annual influenza
  • Annual TB testing


Janet Noles

Janet Noles


DNP & FNP Program Director


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Tuition & Financial Aid

There are many ways you can pay for your education and receive aid. See how our Financial Aid Office can help you fund your education.

Cost of Attendance

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