Advance Your Career with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The nursing industry is in constant need of highly qualified individuals to ensure that nursing practices and policies are continually evolving. In particular, there is a great need for academic faculty, policy reviewers, systems developers, clinical practitioners, and other leaders who are able to influence the practice of nursing and educate future nurses. For those who feel compelled to advance to the highest level of nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest level of education one can receive. Individuals who obtain a DNP typically find themselves in positions of authority where they are able to make a positive impact on entire organizations or potentially impact an even broader group of people through advances in policy.

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Finding a DNP Program

There are many different DNP programs to choose from. Though some people prefer campus based programs, the online option has become increasingly popular, especially in the nursing industry. See a Complete List of DNP Programs...

There are many online degrees offered by schools throughout the United States, but there are no onsite DNP programs currently available in Delaware.

Delaware DNP Checklist

When applying for admittance into these programs, you will need to provide proof of several prerequisites. There is a rigorous admissions process because there is space for only a select few who are extremely competitive. Make sure that your academic and professional history is highlighted in your application, as this will play a major role in your acceptance. Although a completed MSN degree is imperative, it is possible to acquire this through the many bridge programs available. Below we list all the prerequisites required when applying to a DNP program from Delaware:

  • Your education must have been completed at the Master’s level in nursing.
  • While some schools may consider applicants with a minimum overall GPA score of 3.0 on all graduate coursework completed, the majority prefer a higher score on a scale of 4.0.
  • You must hold licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Delaware unencumbered in any way.
  • In order to prove your BSN and MSN degrees have been obtained, all previously attended schools must submit official transcripts for you.
  • In the last five years, a minimum grade of C (preferably better) must have been acquired on certain graduate courses. These include statistics, healthcare assessment and research.
  • Your career goals must be explained in a written essay. Detail your academic objectives, desires for pursuing doctoral study and describe how it will further your ambitions.
  • Ensure that you have updated your Curriculum Vitae before submitting it. Clearly highlight all achievements and experiences in your academic and professional histories.
  • All certifications awarded in your Advanced Nursing Practice career must be copied and submitted to the school.
  • Employers, previous academic faculty and other professional sources must provide you with letters of recommendation. You will need a total of three.
  • The institution where your Master’s degree was completed must provide proof of the number of clinical hours completed during the program.
  • Scholarly papers or creative written work may be required.
  • You will need to attend a formal interview with a faculty member from the school.

When you graduate from doctoral study, employment is guaranteed with the highest salary in the discipline; regardless of whether you choose to practice advanced patient care, educate students, or work at adapting the health care system. You could even choose to operate from your own practice, if desired. There are so many options available to those with doctorate qualifications and your career can be shaped exactly the way you want it to be.