Purdue University Global Online Post-Master’s Nursing Certificate & DNP Programs

The School of Nursing at Purdue University Global offers an online doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program and post-master’s certificates (PMCs) with executive leader and nurse educator concentrations. Students complete coursework 100 percent online and no campus visits are required.

Applicants to the DNP program must hold a master’s degree with an advanced nursing practice specialty and at least 1,000 clinical hours as a registered nurse. Up to 500 supervised clinical practicum hours may be transferred in and counted toward the 1,000 postbaccalaureate hour requirement for the DNP degree. The DNP is delivered through the traditional course pathway only.

Purdue Global offers two learning pathways for post-master’s certificates. The first is the traditional online course format with one to two courses per ten-week term. Students can complete the five-credit courses in approximately one year.

For those who are highly motivated and wish to pursue course modules instead, Purdue Global offers an ExcelTrack learning option. Here students are allowed to take as many one-credit courses as can be completed in a ten-week period for a flat fee with each course covering one concept or skill. ExcelTrack students can move more quickly through previously learned topics and more slowly on new topics. These students work with a faculty member to ensure they are ready for the final assessment of each course.

The DNP program prepares graduates to promote change within healthcare systems and organizations through the use of technology, evidence-based practice, and collaboration. Emphasis areas include leadership, healthcare policy, information systems, healthcare delivery systems, epidemiology and population health, and advanced clinical practice. DNP careers may include medical and health services managers, nurse practitioners, and nurse leaders.

The executive leader PMC prepares graduates to serve in leadership roles. Graduates of this concentration may be prepared to sit for the nurse executive or nurse executive advanced certification exams offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The nurse educator PMC prepares graduates to serve as educators in higher education settings as well as in healthcare settings. Graduates of this concentration may be prepared to take the certified nurse educator (CNE) exam through the National League for Nursing and the nursing professional development exam through the ANCC.

Purdue University Global is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The post-master’s certificate and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Purdue University Global is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and offers several other graduate healthcare-related degrees including an MSN and MSN to DNP program.

What to Expect from the Purdue University Global Online PMC and DNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the post-master’s certificate programs must have earned a master’s degree with an upper-level nursing major with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Online applications must include an application fee, proof of RN licensure, official transcripts, and a criminal background check. Proof of English language proficiency may be required as necessary. Note that residents of Tenessee may not participate at this time.

Applicants to the DNP program must hold a master’s degree in nursing with APRN or another high-level nursing major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Application materials include official transcripts, proof of completion of a graduate-level statistics course and a nursing research course with a grade of “B” or higher, a resume or CV verifying work experience of at least 1,000 RN clinical hours, two letters of reference, and a personal statement.

DNP applicants also complete an informational interview with an admissions advisor and may be requested to complete an interview with a representative of the DNP program. Please note that residents of the following states and territories may not participate in the DNP program at this time: Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.

Study Plan: Courses for the online post-master’s program run in ten-week terms. Students should expect to spend 15 hours per week on each five-credit course. Through the traditional learning pathway, students are allowed to take two courses per term. Typically students complete the certificate programs in 12 months but can finish more quickly by taking more courses in each term.

Start dates land about once per month. ExcelTrack students may complete the certificate more quickly depending on prior education and experience and the speed with which they complete the modules.

DNP courses are five to six credits each and include up to 1,000 clinical practice hours and a DNP project. Students may transfer in up to 500 clinical hours from the MSN degree if approved. Depending on prior education, the DNP degree comprises 48 to 57 credits and takes about 1.5 years to complete full-time. Start dates land five times per year. Online nursing program coursework is delivered 100 percent online and clinicals are completed locally.

DNP Curriculum: The DNP program comprises 48 to 57 credits, depending on prior post-baccalaureate clinical hours and education. The DNP curriculum includes the following courses: scientific foundations for practice doctorate; epidemiology and social determinants of population health; DNP project – analytical methods and project proposal; ethics, policy, and advocacy for population health; clinical decision-making for practice doctorate; transforming the healthcare organization; data-driven decision-making; DNP project implementation and evaluation; and DNP project dissemination. Independent studies are available as needed up to nine additional credits.

Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: Executive leader concentration courses include leadership, organizational theory, and behavior; healthcare finance, strategic planning, and budgeting; human resource management; innovation and healthcare information technology – administrative and advanced practice priorities; applying principles of advanced nursing practice – clinical; and evaluating and disseminating principles of advanced nursing practice – clinical.

Nurse educator courses include teaching and learning theories and strategies; curriculum design, assessment, and evaluation; advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning; the signs of advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology; applying principles of advanced nursing practice – clinical; and evaluating and disseminating principles of advanced nursing practice – clinical.

Online Experience: Purdue Global divides traditional courses into one-week units which include course discussions, assessments, and projects/papers. Some courses include synchronous learning seminars. Faculty and peers interact through email and message boards and faculty members keep online office hours for help and advisement.

Online student services may include access to the following: Sigma Theta Tau honor society, the Purdue Global Library, Student Life and Alumni Engagement, academic advisors, 24/7 technical support, and career counseling.

On-Site Requirements: The coursework for the online post-master’s certificate and DNP programs is 100 percent online with no campus visit requirements. Students complete 200 hours of clinicals locally for the PMC programs and up to 1,000 clinical practice hours for the DNP program.

Paying for the Purdue Global Online Post-Master’s Certificate and DNP Programs

The online post-master’s certificate programs cost $420 per credit plus fees. ExcelTrack students pay a flat fee of $3,200 plus fees per ten-week term. The DNP courses cost $700 per credit. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Purdue Global School of Nursing for full tuition expenses.

There are several avenues for funding graduate programs. First, students may wish to apply for unsubsidized federal Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans through the FAFSA. Another option is the Purdue Global partner program in which employees of partner organizations may receive tuition reductions and may earn college credit through corporate training programs. Additionally, tuition is reduced for military personnel, their spouses, and military veterans.

Finally, graduate nursing students may check with their employers as to the availability of a tuition reimbursement program or check into outside funding through community and private organizations.

Purdue University Global Online Post-Master's Certificate - Executive Leader

  • Designed for nurses who hold an MSN with an upper-level nursing major who wish to move into positions of leadership in nursing
  • Choose from the traditional learning pathway with courses or the ExcelTrack accelerated module learning pathway
  • Earn your certificate in just 1 year and sit for the Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced certification exams
Program Essentials
Degree Level Post-Master's Certificate
Program Start Dates Frequently - About once per month
Credits Needed to Graduate 30
Time to Complete? Graduate in about 1 year.
100% Online? Yes, plus 200 clinical hours
Program Accreditation CCNE
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Masters degree or higher
GRE or GMAT Required? No
Work Experience Required? None
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 30
Average Cost Per Credit $420.00
Estimated Program Tuition * $12,600.00

Purdue University Global Online Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator

  • Designed for nurses who hold an MSN who wish to move into teaching positions higher education or healthcare settings
  • Choose from the traditional learning pathway with 5-credit courses or the ExcelTrack™ accelerated module learning pathway
  • Earn your certificate in just 1 year and sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam or the Nursing Professional Development exam
Program Essentials
Degree Level Post-Master's Certificate
Program Start Dates Frequently - About once per month
Credits Needed to Graduate 30
Time to Complete? Graduate in about 1 year.
100% Online? Yes, plus 200 clinical hours
Program Accreditation CCNE
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Masters degree or higher
GRE or GMAT Required? No
Work Experience Required? None
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 30
Average Cost Per Credit $420.00
Estimated Program Tuition * $12,600.00

Purdue University Global Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Prepare to serve in leadership roles in nursing to improve nursing practice, develp health policies, and improve the quality of health care
  • Earn your DNP online in just 1 and a half years with local practice experiences
  • Transfer in up to 500 clinical hours to go toward the 1,000 hour requirement
Program Essentials
Degree Level Doctoral Degree
Program Start Dates Frequently - About once per month
Credits Needed to Graduate 48
Time to Complete? Graduate in about 1.5 years.
100% Online? Yes, plus 1,000 postbaccalaureate clinical hours
Program Accreditation CCNE
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Masters degree or higher
GRE or GMAT Required? No
Work Experience Required? At least 1,000 hours as an RN
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 48
Average Cost Per Credit $700.00
Estimated Program Tuition * $33,600.00

* Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the currently published tuition rate. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the out of state, part-time student rate. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Total cost of tuition does not include additional fees.

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