Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions to the NCU DNP program requires a conferred MSN degree with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution and a current, active, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the student’s state of residence. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.

A minimum of 1000 hours is required for DNP program completion; 570 hours are required to be completed during the program as mentored practice experiences.

Yes! The NCU DNP program offers opportunities to participate in the School of Health Sciences interprofessional Education (IPE) Speaker Series where esteemed healthcare leaders share their insights into the industry. Other opportunities exist for students to learn the value of teamwork and collaboration in the healthcare industry.

Northcentral University, a regionally accredited educational institution, uses distance-based (online) education as the predominant method of instruction and interaction for its degree programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at NCU has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

For completion, the program requires 16 courses, 46 credit hours.

The estimated time to completion is 30 months.

Yes, the DNP requires the completion of an Applied Dissertation. The dissertation reflects the knowledge and skills gained in the program with the incorporation of academic and professional research to offer practical solutions to existing problems in your specific professional area in alignment with the AACN DNP Essentials.