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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

To complete
One class at a time
5- and 10-week blocks
Per credit hour
10% partner discount

Advance nursing as a profession

Our DNP program offers a unique curriculum focused on primary health care for individuals and populations—including rural health, experiences in innovation, and entrepreneurial skills. Graduates are prepared to be transformational leaders providing excellence in health care.

What's the admissions process like?

Apply by June 1 (or March 1 for priority consideration) to start in August. Our graduate admissions team is here to help you reach your educational goals and answer your questions.
  1. Complete your application

  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Email to or mail to:

    Graduate Programs
    Mount Mercy University
    1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
  • Hold an MSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • This requirement may be waived after an interview with the program director 
  • Current and valid Iowa registered nurse (RN) license
    • Cannot be denied, suspended, surrendered or revoked in any U.S. or international jurisdiction

  • Current resume/CV

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in all graduate and undergraduate coursework 

  • Three letters of recommendation addressing professionalism, clinical skills, critical thinking, and communication skills 
  • A 3-credit hour undergraduate statistics course with a minimum grade of C (C- not acceptable) with the last 5 years is a prerequisite for admission
    • If not completed prior to admission, course can be completed in DNP curriculum 

  • Personal interview with DNP program committee

  • All non-native English speakers are required to take TOEFL or equivalent English language proficiency assessment and complete an interview with the program director

Post-Master's to DNP Nurse Practitioner

Entry Options

  • MSN (with NP) » DNP | 27 credits (16 months)
  • MSN (no NP) » DNP-FNP | 45 credits (24 months)

MSN requirement may be waived after an interview with the program director

Who We Admit

  • DNP-FNP: Registered nurses with master's degree in nursing. Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice and are eligible to sit for national NP certification exam.
  • DNP: Certified nurse practitioners (any specialty) and do not seek an additional national FNP certification. Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Kimberly Glasgow '19 DNP

Getting my DNP is my contribution to the nursing profession. I want to continue to push nursing forward like other respected health professions that have implemented doctoral degrees.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, you’re eligible for scholarships and loan programs. The first step is to complete your FAFSA, which helps determine state and federal aid available to you. Our federal school code is 001880. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.

Transformational curriculum

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