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Doctor of Nursing Practice Options

Admission requirements

Two pathways to help you reach your goal

Whether you are a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree or you already have s master's degree, we can help you reach your academic and career goals.

Pathway 1: Bachelor's to DNP

This pathway is for registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor's degree. This option offers:

  • Annual Fall admission
  • 78 total course credits for the Family Nurse Practitioner (Total course credits vary based on specialization)
  • Face-to-face method accompanied by online and hybrid delivery

This pathway gives you the option to specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Pathway 2: Master's to DNP

Master's to DNP option 1*

This option is for registered nurses with a master's degree in nursing with CNP, CRNA, CNS, or CNM focus from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.This option offers:

  • Annual fall admission
  • 31-36 course credits
  • Executive delivery model in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, includes online components
  • Designed for part-time study (including summers)

Required coursework and other program details can be found on the curriculum plan. Interested applicants are advised to contact the graduate nursing department to discuss options.

Master's to DNP option 2**

This option is for registered nurses with a master's degree in nursing (non-clinical focus) from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. This option offers:

  • Annual fall admission
  • 69 course credits
  • Executive delivery model in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, includes online components
  • Designed for part-time study (including summers)

Required coursework and other program details can be found on the curriculum plan. Interested applicants are advised to contact the graduate nursing department to discuss options. We offer a 3 year curriculum plan and a 4 year curriculum plan for the master's to DNP option 2.