Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) focuses on clinical practice as opposed to a research-focused doctoral degree. It usually takes 3-5 years to complete. It trains nurses in quality improvement, systems leadership, among other areas.

In the list below, you’ll find our recommendations for common DNP paths including:


The online DNP at Sacred Heart University builds on your MSN and equips you with the knowledge to practice and lead at an advanced level. With a DNP, you are able to influence healthcare outcomes at multiple levels.