Program Highlights

The School of Nursing now offers the opportunity for the Professional Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or is prepared at Master of Science in Nursing level as an Advanced Practice Nurse to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctorate designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to lead practice changes based on evidence to improve patient outcomes in complex healthcare systems.

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Program details

  • In Spring 2014, Millikin University launched the DNP for individuals who are preparing to become nurses who seek to complete the practice doctorate as their highest earned academic degree. (BSN-DNP)
  • Students in the Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) are enrolled as a cohort in the DNP.
  • Progression must be continuous and full-time throughout the program of study.
  • The BSN to DNP (NAP) degree consists of 88 credit hours and includes 2400+ hours of clinical practice and residency.
  • Typically, DNP (NAP) students are enrolled in the Graduate Core courses on Fridays and in the DNP Core and DNP Specialty courses from Monday through Thursday each week.  Theory and practice schedules are set by the School of Nursing in collaboration with its practice partners and often fall outside of the traditional academic calendar published in the Millikin Bulletin.
  • The DNP (NAP) graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Plan of Study

Getting Into the Program

Prior to March 15 deadline, Graduate applicants should:

  • Complete the DNP Application
  • Send official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide evidence of successful completion (grade of C or better) in an organic chemistry or biochemistry course with lab. Must complete a graduate level statistics course prior to enrollment.
  • Possess an unencumbered license as an RN in Illinois or be eligible to obtain upon admission.
  • Must provide evidence of ACLS, BLS, PALS, and CCRN (preferred) certifications.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations recommendation form. 1 must be from a direct ICU supervisor.
  • Submit a one to two-page written statement (up to 1000 words) addressing personal and professional goals related to the DNP Program.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae that demonstrates minimum of one year of adult critical care experience.

All documents should be sent to: Millikin University, Admissions, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522

Important Program Dates

Application Deadline for Class enrolling January 2019: March 15, 2018 Submit application materials via Millikin University or NursingCas.

Interviews: May 10 and 11, 2018 Interview invitations will be sent following the March 26, 2018 Admissions Committee meeting.

Acceptance Notifications: May 12-31, 2018 Notifications  of offered positions will be sent approximately two weeks following the last interview date.  Acceptance of your position along with payment deposit must be completed by the date stated in the notification letter.  Position deposit is applied toward the first semester tuition.

Credentialing: January 20, 2019 Following acceptance of an offered position, satisfactory credentialing to confirm acceptability into clinical experiences must occur.  The failure to obtain credentialing results in the inability to obtain required clinical experiences and, therefore, the forfeiture of the offered position.  The credentialing process requires the following be submitted prior to January 20, 2019:

  • Position deposit and letter of position acceptance
  • Medical clearance
  • Background Check
  • Drug screen
  • Immunizations
  • State of IL Professional Registered Nurse Licensure

Programmatic Orientation: January 2019 Orientation for new students entering the nurse anesthesia program (NAP) will be held prior to beginning of classes in January.  Information will be provided by Millikin University School of Nursing and 
Decatur Memorial Hospital Anesthesia School.

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nurse Anesthesia Program (Track 1)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites to enter the program?

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Must complete the following courses:
    • Undergraduate Organic chemistry or Biochemistry with lab
    • Graduate level statistics

Note* All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in program.

Must I submit all of my application  materials at same time?

  • No, applicants can send materials in separately.  Any documents received in advance of an application are held until application is made.

Is there an expiration time on prerequisite classes?

  • There is no expiration time

Does ER experience or pediatric ICU experience work as ICU experience?

  • No, ICU experience must be Adult ICU experience

What is the application deadline date?

  • March 15 with January start date

Where can I apply for the program?

What is the length of the program?

  • 36 months full-time

What are the costs of the program?

Where do I send transcripts and other required credentials?

Millikin University
Graduate Admissions
1184 W. Main St.
Decatur, IL  62522