Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master’s)

Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice and Lead the Nursing Profession

Online | 20 Months | CCNE Accredited

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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 Research

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 research.

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 entirely online and only 5 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 three distinct focuses that allow you to strategically position yourself for your next career direction. These extend your nursing practice through specialized knowledge and expertise.

Academic Leadership

Academic Leadership

You’re already an expert in nursing practice, now learn how to give others the same understanding. Transition to a career in academia through courses that focus on curriculum development, learning strategies, and academic leadership. You’ll concentrate your nursing practice, and empower others to do the same.


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, 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.


Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Semester Start:  January 4, 2022

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022


  • Be a registered nurse with a Master of Science degree in nursing from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Clinical Rotation Requirements including required vaccinations: Admitted students of the College of Nursing who will be completing a clinical rotation will receive vaccination forms regarding required vaccinations. Not all vaccinations or proof of immunity are required at the beginning of the program, but will be prior to the first clinical rotation. The University allows for vaccination exemptions and more information about the University’s position on vaccination can be reviewed at

The College of Nursing requires the following items prior to starting any clinical rotations (these are subject to change depending upon public health concerns and specific clinic requirements):

  • Background Check
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB
  • Tdap
  • Annual Influenza
  • COVID 19
  • HIPAA certification
  • OSHA certification
  • CPR certification
  • Current, unencumbered RN license


Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway


Dean of College of Nursing

Kevin Ballard

Kevin Ballard


DNP & FNP Program Director

Allyce K. Jones

Allyce K. Jones


PMHNP Program Director

Kristina Davis

Kristina Davis


ENP 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.