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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Become a Leader in the Nursing Profession


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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal professional degree for nurses available in two tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner (APRN) or Health Care Leadership and Clinical Education. Graduates will attain clinical, organizational and leadership expertise to meet the demands of the ever-changing health care system.

The DNP program will allow nursing leaders to develop their skills in:

  • Measurement of patient and population outcomes
  • Education and care of diverse populations
  • Leadership in health policy development and implementation
  • Translation of evidence into clinical practice
  • Advocacy for safe and quality care within complex health care delivery systems.

The Belmont DNP meets the professional standards for the practice doctorate developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

A DNP degree is versatile and offers numerous career paths following graduation. Nursing research is a foundational skill that all DNP students will develop, regardless of track.

  • Family Nurse Practitioners diagnose and prescribe treatment, make referrals, counsel patients, and collaborate with other health care providers.
  • Nurse Educators can work as faculty or deans in universities, or they can train nurses in hospitals or other clinical settings.
  • Nurse Leaders work as chief nursing officers, patient care directors, nursing directors and health care lobbyists.

The Baccalaureate, Masters, Post-graduate APRN, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Belmont University as well as the Baccalaureate program of the Belmont University/Trevecca Nazarene University Consortium are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791.  View our state licensure information here.



Alumni Testimonials

  • Jeneth Aquino
    Jeneth Aquino
    MSN 2010 | DNP 2022 | Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt Interventional Radiology Department
    "I was a little hesitant transitioning from being a nurse to a nurse practitioner, but the program prepares you so well that when you get out, you know your stuff (as my patients say). It is the personalized approach that you will never get in any online education is what makes Belmont unique. The Belmont faculty will always be a part of my nursing journey wherever this career will take me."
  • Jaanki Bhakta
    Jaanki Bhakta
    DNP 2020 | Insight Recovery and Wellness 1 to 2
    "Because Belmont’s Graduate Nursing Programs are in-person/on-campus, we can practice physical assessment skills in labs and stimulation settings with the guidance of experienced professors. I specifically chose Belmont Nursing for my graduate studies because of their in-person DNP program. I would highly recommend choosing an in-person program to facilitate learning and optimize your graduate study experience."
  • Shelby Pawlowski
    Shelby Pawlowski
    DNP 2021 | Murfreesboro Medical Clinic
    "Belmont’s Graduate Nursing Program provided me with a rich learning experience that fostered my growth both academically and personally. The small cohorts and in-person academic experience were my favorite aspects of the program allowing for the formation of authentic relations and meaningful discussions."