FAQ-DNP Program

What is the difference between a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)?

The PhD curriculum and objectives are focused on developing and enhancing the science and theory of nursing through research. Research options are diverse and can include physiological, behavioral, clinical, and community oriented studies. As an academic degree, PhD graduates must meet all the requirements of the Graduate College. The DNP is a professional degree, granted by the College of Nursing, and is designed to prepare nurses at the highest level of nursing practice who will lead in applying and translating research into practice.

How can I work and go to school at the same time? And can I go part-time?

Many doctoral students are employed while in doctoral studies. Full-time students typically work on a part-time basis. However, we strongly discourage full-time students from attempting to work full-time. Full-time employees can study on a part-time basis but should realize that part-time study will require a longer timeline for completion.

How are courses scheduled?

Admitted students will work with their faculty advisor to develop a program plan of study. The faculty advisor will assist students in identifying prerequisite and co-requisite courses in the program. A full outline of the curriculum can be found at: http://nursingdev.ouhsc.edu/CurrentStudents/CourseSchedules.aspx 

I am not a NP or CNS. Can I apply?

Yes, however, completion of a Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited institution is required. More information is provided at this link: http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academics/Doctoral/DoctorateofNursingPractice/AdmissionRequirements-DNPProgram.aspx 

Is an Oklahoma nursing license required?

We currently do not require a nursing license in the state of Oklahoma. However, all students must hold current licensure in the United States.

How long is the program?

Full-time students should be able to complete course work in just over two years. Part-time students can complete course work in three years.

How often will I need to travel to Oklahoma?

The DNP program is designed to be completed anywhere in the United States. Admitted students will need to attend new student orientation at the beginning of the program. Students will work with their faculty advisor to confirm if any additional campus visits will be required.

What types of financial assistance are available?

  • Financial assistance may be available through loans, scholarships and/or grants.
  • Scholarship funds can also be applied for from professional organizations and federal sources.

What is the cost of the DNP?

Tuition costs per semester are dependent on the number of hours taken and any associated fees for online or laboratory courses. Current fees are posted at the OUHSC website: Tuition & Fee Charts

Where can I find additional information?

The AACN has prepared a fact sheet with additional information: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/factsheets/DNPFactSheet.pdf

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