University of Nebraska Medical Center

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our DNP degree will uniquely qualify you to lead nursing practice into the next generation.

Why Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

A DNP is the highest level practice doctorate available in nursing and is becoming the recognized degree for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). The DNP emphasizes higher-level skills in nursing practice and improving patient outcomes through translating research to practice.

Offering various specializations, a DNP caters to nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives, as well as nurses with specializations in nursing leadership, education, public health, ethics, informatics and public policy.

DNP holders often take leadership positions in large health care organizations or facilities. Some work as expert clinicians or secure academic positions that emphasize clinical practice and education.

Why Study Nursing Practice at UNMC?


The College of Nursing is the largest and most far-reaching of UNMC's health colleges with five campuses spanning the state. We have divisions in Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney and Norfolk.


The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C. 20001. Phone: (202)887-6791.

Competency-Based Education

Our comprehensive curriculum is centered on student learning, patient outcomes and best-practices care propelled by advanced nursing systems. We'll equip you to translate nursing research into forward-thinking, best-practices for clinical application.

Progression Flexibility

Students can choose from full or part-time options, completing their degree at a pace that suits their lifestyle.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
Full- or part-time
Two to four years
Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Norfolk, Scottsbluff, Hybrid
Start Date
MSN-DNP starts in May BSN-DNP in August

Program Highlights


The program offers specializations in these areas: Adult-Gerontology NP, Adult-Gerontology Acute NP, Family NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP. Pediatric Primary & Acute Care (Dual) NP, Women's Health NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Nurse Leader/Executive.

Satisfy Clinical Training Requirements Locally

If you're a distance student, you may be able to fulfill clinical requirements in your community or one nearby. If available in your area, we will guide you in arranging sites, schedules and preceptors.


Students may enter the DNP program after earning either a BSN or a master's in nursing.

  • BSN to DNP track: Applicants must have earned a BSN degree from a school of nursing accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed at least one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse.
  • Post-master's track: Applicants must have a master's degree from a school of nursing accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. The master’s degree specialty must be in nursing administration or a clinical specialization.


Admission Policies for the DNP

Careers and Outcomes

The demand for DNP-prepared nurses remains high. Graduates have a wide range of career options. Our graduates work across the state in both large urban medical centers and small rural practices.

Job Titles 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Executive
  • Community College or University Professor
  • And More...

  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Veteran's Administration
  • CHI Health
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Bryan Health
  • Private practice
  • St. Francis
  • And More...

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