Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Designed for experienced nurses seeking to further their careers




Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership

Elevate your nursing career with our DNP program, tailored for experienced nurses. Gain the skills needed to lead and innovate in healthcare practice and policy. Choose from two pathways: BSN to DNP or post-masters DNP.

  • BSN to DNP: Bachelor-prepared nurses can earn their DNP, specializing in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, or Informatics.
  • Post-Masters DNP: Advance practice nurses, nurse informaticists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and other
    masters prepared nurse can earn their DNP in Executive Leadership. BSN prepared nurses with a master’s degree
    in another area may qualify for this track as well.
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Implementation science

DNP students are empowered to become leaders in healthcare through innovation education and hands-on experience. Our program goes beyond traditional learning by immersing students in implementation science, a crucial aspect of modern healthcare delivery. Through the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a quality improvement project in their chosen clinical area, students gain practical insights and skills that are directly applicable to real-world healthcare settings. 

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Fully online, 100% flexible

Take one course at a time in this 100% online, flexible program that allows you to continue working while you complete your classes. Earn your degree is as little as two years through OKWU’s program.

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Kingdom Nursing

OKWU combines nursing for the Kingdom of God and evidence-based practical knowledge at the point of care to improve patient outcomes. Nurse leaders can influence the delivery of safe, equitable patient-centered care that follows the example of Jesus.

100% Online Doctor of Nursing Practice at OKWU

Career Path

Some of the job titles in this career pathway include:

  • Nursing Administrators – median salary of $101,340
  • Nursing Informaticists – mean salary of $75,000-$125,000
  • Nursing Educator – variable on state, but can earn an average salary of $82,040

Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice

“Healthcare has become increasing complex and it has become very evident in recent years that nurses have a very important voice in this arena. The DNP program equips nurses to use their experience, values, and perspective to help address practice and policy issues in a way reflects Christian love as a kingdom nurse.”

– Dr. Rosa Ketchum

Taught by Industry Experts

Every member of OKWU’s School of Nursing faculty has terminal degrees in nursing or related fields, meaning that you are getting high quality instruction from educators who have years of experience. They work hard to keep the curriculum updated with the latest research and best practices to develop nurse leaders who function as an advocate and leader to improve the health outcomes of their patients.

100% Online Doctor of Nursing Practice at OKWU
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Featured Core Classes

Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

This course provides a study of the various faucets of leadership development and change practice theories. Students will employ effective communication and collaborative skills in the development and implementation of practice change models. In addition, students will employ consultative and leadership skills from a multi-disciplinary approach to create change in complex healthcare delivery systems. This course enhances students’ skills in becoming self-leaders, transformational leaders, innovative educators, and advanced level clinical practitioners. Focus is placed on improving quality and safety methods, performance measures, evaluation tools, and standards of care.

Population Health

This course explores initiatives aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations from a local and global perspective. Students will examine clinical prevention and population health to address vulnerability, improve outcomes, and identify gaps in care through their expertise as educators, practitioners, researchers, and/ or policy advocates.

Interprofessional Leadership of Excellence in Practice, Policy, and Ethics

This course offers the skills to design, implement, and advocate for healthcare policy that addresses issues of social justice and equity in healthcare. Students will secure an understanding of how to design, influence, and implement healthcare policies that frame healthcare financing, practice regulation, access, safety, and efficacy.

Experience the OKWU Difference

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In addition to providing our students with a mastery of their craft, we desire to instill a firm foundation of Christian values and ethics consistent with the mission of OKWU. We prepare our graduates to be true leaders in the field of nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

BSN to DNP Pathway

Estimated Cost Estimated Total
Registration Fee $50
Graduation Fee $100
Technology Fee @ $65 per term $585
Student Health Fee* $528
Tuition $43,146
Total Estimated Cost $44,409

*Students may opt out of the health fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at anytime. Changes to your course schedule may result in an increase in the estimated total cost.

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Post-Masters DNP Pathway

Estimated Cost Estimated Total
Registration Fee $50
Graduation Fee $100
Technology Fee @ $65 per term $390
Student Health Fee* $352
Tuition $28,764
Total Estimated Cost $29,656

*Students may opt out of the health fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at anytime. Changes to your course schedule may result in an increase in the estimated total cost.

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Indirect and direct practice experiences take the place of the traditional clinical rotation learning experience in the DNP program. These integrative practice-focused learning experiences are imbedded in courses and allow students to apply, integrate, and synthesize knowledge and practice at the highest level of nursing practice . Direct clinical practice experiences are completed in the final 3 courses with the implementation of a quality improvement project. Student may transfer up to 500 hours clinical practice hours from there master’s degree program. Student may also obtain additional practice experiences through professional nursing activities that align with the courses learning objectives. Completion of these hours are flexible and are be designed to work around the students’ personal schedule.

Examples include:
  • Population Health – Population Based Program Proposal
  • Practice, Policy, and Ethics- Health Policy Brief Implementation
  • Leadership for System Base Practice – Practice Initiative
  • DNP Practice Immersion- Planning, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical quality improvement project

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