Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Why Earn Your DNP Degree?

You Have Your Master of Science in Nursing Degree. Why the DNP Degree? Why Now? There are as many reasons to pursue an online DNP program as there are opportunities waiting for you after graduation. When you earn your DNP, you learn to impact patient care from a higher level. As the baby boomer wave of experienced health care professionals prepares for retirement, new vacancies in high-level positions are emerging across the nation. The future of our health care system hangs in the balance — and we believe it can only be as strong as its leadership. That’s why now is the time to earn your DNP and lead the way.
The Maryville online DNP is designed to:
  • Prepare you for more autonomy, responsibility, and professional growth.
  • Develop your expertise with a greater focus on the scientific underpinnings of nursing, health care policy, and organizational leadership in the health care setting.
  • Help you advance your credentials and improve patient care within your specialization.
  • Equip you for the increasing complexity of community health care needs.
  • Expand your knowledge of evidence-based practice, clinical care research, patient outcomes, and clinical systems management.
  • Offer you a higher level of preparation for leadership in times of change.

What are the Maryville Advantages for DNP Students?

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools List for the 6th consecutive year. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of our 100% online learning platform. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:


  • An impending shortage of primary care physicians which is anticipated to reach a minimum of 100,000 by 2025, with a greater scarcity in rural and inner city communities.
  • An additional shortage of nursing faculty as current academic leaders reach retirement. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that U.S. nursing schools turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants in 2013 due to insufficient faculty and other compounding factors.
  • Shortages of advanced practice nurses. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) estimates that there is only one qualified candidate for every four available nurse practitioner jobs.
  • The emergence of nurse-run clinics to meet the needs for improved access to local community health care.
  • Rising health care needs of an aging population.
  • Increasingly complex health care system and patient needs.
  • Rapidly expanding knowledge underlying practice.
  • National concerns about quality outcomes and patient safety.


The role of a DNP gives you the chance to:

  • Conduct clinical research or advocate for legislative change in health care policy.
  • Become a practice manager or gain CEO status within a health care organization.
  • Potentially earn a six-figure salary with greater autonomy. Many of our grads do.
  • Apply evidence-based research to improve the quality of patient care — locally, nationally, or even globally.
  • Advocate for patient safety rights and practices, from lift equipment to infection control to data security and beyond.
  • Drive collaborative projects as a leader and a champion for the future of nursing progress.
  • Sit at the executive table, or in a government seat, where all-encompassing decisions are made.

Where do DNPs work?

  • An internal medicine practice
  • A specialty practice, such as cardiology or oncology
  • A university or college teaching tomorrow’s nurses
  • An autonomous practice (23 states now permit those with a doctor of nursing practice degree to open their own clinics and become their own boss)
  • A range of hospitals and other health care institutions
  • A plethora of administrative and political roles

Online DNP Curriculum

The online DNP program can be completed in as few as 20 months. The online DNP-NP program can be completed in as few as 36 months depending on the concentration selected. You have the option of starting in the spring, summer, or fall. All of your courses can be completed 100% online.