Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The Next Level: Your Nursing Doctorate

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing created the first practice doctorate in nursing in 1979 to allow nurses to build upon their clinical expertise and expand their education in doctoral-­level leadership and research. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is now recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for Clinical Nursing. Nursing doctorate graduates apply their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of nursing, in clinical practice, administration, teaching and research, and health policy design and development.

At Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, doctorate nursing students have a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country as they share ideas and experiences. 

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Program Highlights

  • As the innovator of the original doctorate in nursing practice, Case Western Reserve's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is the foremost leader in DNP education
  • Our program is flexible in meeting the needs of distance education students, with an innovative executive format and cohort program that has partnerships with several academic institutions and hospitals around the country
  • Intensive course format allows DNP students to work full-time while they go to school. 
  • DNP students choose one of two elective sequences that expand the focus of their leadership: practice leadership and educational leadership