The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the premier degree for clinical nursing practice. Nurses that graduate from a DNP program with an executive leadership track have a number of options ranging from clinical leadership to hospital administration.

In North Dakota, most of the post-master's DNP programs will require successful completion of 28 and 38 credit hours, depending on factors including the type of track selected. BSN to DNP students are expected to complete 66 to 75 unit hours with a number of clinical hours devoted to a preceptorship.

Competencies that DNP students will have mastered after completing programs will include the following:

  • Advanced physiology and pathophysiology
  • Advanced quantitative research methods and evidence-based practice
  • Provide leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care arenas
  • Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  • Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry
  • Advanced health and physical assessment
  • Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Provide advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and more
  • Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision-making and program development
  • Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care

Choosing a DNP Program

The thought of choosing a DNP program may seem challenging, but with a bit of research and the following key factors in mind, selecting a great program can be easy.

What to Consider When Choosing a DNP Program

  • Program Cost— Tuition for DNP programs in the state of North Dakota can vary from program to program
    • If you are a resident of the state:
      • North Dakota State University: $347/per unit hour
      • University of North Dakota: $320/per unit hour
    • If you are a non-resident of the state:
      • North Dakota State University: $939/per unit hour
      • University of North Dakota: $855
  • Online Options— Of the universities offering DNP programs in the state of North Dakota, one delivers the program to students in an online format. The University of North Dakota’s program follows an online delivery format. Students are, however, required to attend an intensive on-campus experience one weekend each semester.
  • Accreditation— DNP programs in the state of North Dakota are accredited by the Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Clinical Residencies— Clinical residencies and fellowships are often a requirement of DNP programs, and many schools have relationships with area healthcare facilities that offer them. Find out more about residencies in North Dakota by consulting with the DNP faculty at the school of your choice.

Admission & State Licensing or Certification Requirements


  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Two of the required references are to be from professional colleagues that address clinical competence and ability to succeed in graduate study
  • Admission interviews with nursing faculty
  • Documentation of health status, criminal background check, and more
  • Degree requirements must be completed within seven years after admission


DNP programs in North Dakota permit students to sit for state board certification after successfully completing the programs. DNP tracks offered at universities in North Dakota allow students to become certified in the majority of advanced practice nursing specialties.


In North Dakota, students who've successfully completed the DNP track will need to be licensed by the North Dakota Board of Nursing. Requirements for licensure include:

  • Completing an application
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide transcripts from all educational institutions
  • Submit verification of specialty certification
  • Complete fingerprinting

North Dakota BSN to DNP Program Options

Of the universities offering DNP programs in the state of North Dakota, one delivers a BSN to DNP pathway to students. North Dakota State University offers both BSN to DNP and post-masters DNP pathways.

Helpful DNP Agencies and Organizations in North Dakota


List of Campus and Online DNP Programs in North Dakota

Fargo, ND

DNP Programs
1301 Administration Ave.
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 231-7981

Grand Forks, ND

DNP Programs
430 Oxford St Stop 9025
Grand Forks, ND 58202
(701) 777-4174

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