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Doctor of Nursing Practice

At Bethel, you'll do more than advance your career. You'll develop innovative clinical practice and management strategies to advance the field of healthcare.

Bethel’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-masters program that will prepare you to be an agent for change in the workplace. You'll develop leadership, management, critical thinking, and research skills that will empower you to improve the organizational operation and quality of care in your professional setting. With evidence-based instruction and expert faculty, our program will challenge you to explore and implement cutting-edge research and methodologies that will shape the future of healthcare.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Option(s)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to custom-fit the lives of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) across the country. Our mostly online format allows you to complete your coursework and practicum hours in your home community, empowering you to apply what you’ve learned in your unique context. With both fall and spring start dates, you can earn your degree in as few as two years.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 36–39
Cost per Credit $875
Estimated Total Cost $31,500 - 34,125*

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* These DNP program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Highlights

Leadership development

The field of healthcare is changing rapidly, and more organizations are seeking advanced practice nurses who are equipped to handle greater responsibility, complexity, and challenges. Here, you'll learn to lead confidently and compassionately in the areas of quality improvement, health technology, policy and advocacy, interprofessional collaboration, and more.

Reputable program

Bethel's nursing programs are among the best in Minnesota when it comes to preparing healthcare professionals for ethical, evidence-based care and management. With degree offerings at the undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate levels, Bethel has produced standout nursing graduates for more than three decades.

Flexible format

Our program is online with one on-campus intensive, empowering you to complete your coursework and practicum hours—which are tailored to your needs and speciality—in your home community. You'll also receive extensive advising to ensure you graduate on time.

Ethics-based teaching

Our professors embrace a holistic approach to medical care that accounts for the mind, body, and spirit. You'll learn to deliver customized care to patients from diverse backgrounds and address ethical issues with grace and integrity.

Set Yourself Apart

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is one of the highest degrees in the field of nursing. Your education will put you on the cutting edge of medical trends and position you well for careers in healthcare administration, education, and advocacy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for advanced practice nurses is expected to grow by 31 percent in the next 10 years—much faster than the national average.


You'll learn how to:

  • Improve clinical practice
  • Think critically at the organizational level
  • Develop new leaders in the field of nursing
  • Use existing data and evidence to inform your decisions in the workplace
  • Understand nursing from a business perspective


Our graduates are prepared to work as:

  • Nurse leaders
  • Nurse midwives
  • Nurse researchers
  • Nurse administrators
  • Public health officials
  • Independent practitioners


You could work at places like:

  • Healtheast
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Allina Health
  • Essentia Health
  • Sanford Health
  • Minnesota Birth Center
  • Ridgeview Medical Center

DNP Preceptor Discount

Reward your efforts with a tuition discount.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bethel University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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