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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice — Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — it's the pinnacle of the nursing profession. And you don't have to leave Siouxland to reach it!

Demand for quality health care is ballooning, and providers everywhere seek highly educated, well-trained nurse practitioners to meet the need. The standard for training those nurse practitioners is the DNP. If you're already a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, our DNP program is designed to take you to the next level. Choose between two tracks: 

Family Nurse Practitioner
Prepare yourself to serve as a general primary health care provider, much like a family doctor.

Adult/Gerontology Practitioner
Learn to serve primary health care in multiple settings, particularly while caring for an aging population.


Our hybrid DNP program, which takes 4½ years to complete, offers a mixture of online and on-site classes. It is a collaboration between the Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff and the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University. You'll complete 51 credits through Briar Cliff and 28 credits through SDSU's campus in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



Briar Cliff University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its on-site evaluation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and the Post Graduate APRN Certificate program. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will visit Oct. 13-15, 2014.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University. Comments must be submitted by Sept. 13, 2014. All comments must be directed to:

Catherine Sneed
Accreditation Coordinator
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036

Please note, the CCNE only shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team. The evaluation team only considers third-party comments that relate to the program's compliance with accreditation standards.



Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Briar Cliff Department of Nursing