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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the DNP?

We invite you to complete an inquiry form and tell us a little about yourself. We will respond to any questions you have and we can also schedule an appointment with our program coordinator or another member of the DNP faculty to discuss your professional and academic goals.

What are the requirements to apply?

We seek highly motivated nurses who aspire to, or who are currently serving in leadership roles within health care or educational organizations and who seek opportunities to impact health outcomes and to improve nursing practice. View application instructions.

Do I need a master’s degree to apply to the DNP in Leadership?

Yes. The DNP in Leadership at Boise State is a post-master’s program. However, the program welcomes applicants with master degrees from various fields.  In addition to an MSN, we encourage nurses with degrees in public administration, business, education, health care administration, social work or other comparable fields to apply to the program. View all program education, licensing, GPA, and residency requirements.

Is the DNP in Leadership open to Nurse Practitioners or other APRNs?

Yes. If you are a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or APRN seeking to acquire the skills to implement evidence-based projects and processes to impact your patient’s health outcomes, we welcome your application to the DNP in Leadership.

What is a Scholarly Project?

The defining feature of Boise State’s DNP in Leadership is the Scholarly Project. As a student, you will be provided direction and guidance as you identify a project that will lead to directly or indirectly improving nursing practice and health outcomes. DNP students begin work on the Scholarly Project almost immediately upon enrollment. Then, every course within the program will support you in developing expertise and leadership skills that can be applied to the successful management of your project. View examples of Scholarly Projects completed by DNP Alumni.

Image of Norco Nursing BuildingAre Campus Visits Required?

While all courses are delivered online, students attend four, 2-day Executive Sessions on the Boise State campus. Executive Sessions include an orientation and the delivery of Scholarly Project proposals and final reports. In addition, these on campus sessions provide a valuable opportunity to engage and interact with both faculty and fellow students.

Does Boise State offer a nurse practitioner or other APRN DNP degree?

Boise State offers a nurse practitioner program leading to a master of nursing degree. The Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program is practice-focused and all academic requirements can be completed in 3 years.  View information about the AGNP Master of Nursing Program.

What is the difference between a DNP and a PhD?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest degree for nurses seeking to lead health organizations by improving nursing competencies or health outcomes through engagement in advocacy, effective management, and the application of research-based evidence into practice.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing prepares nurse scientists and scholars to conduct advanced academic research.

Review more information about the differences between PhD in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs (pdf).

Ready to Get Started?

A new cohort of students enrolls each fall semester. Apply by February 1 to receive priority consideration. Applications are due by July 1, as space is available.