One of the best Graduate Nursing Schools in the nation.

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate nursing schools in the country, Millikin University's master's (MSN) and doctoral (DNP) programs offer valuable opportunities to concentrate in a specific field of nursing while expanding the depth and breadth of your knowledge. The Graduate School of Nursing at Millikin is renowned for excellence in education, clinical practice, and research while creating a uniquely integrated academic experience in which faculty and students engage in a culture of discovery. 

Program Highlights

The School of Nursing 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.

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 Anesthsia 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.
  • An advanced (graduate level) statistics course must be completed prior to admission.
  • 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).


For information about accreditation, visit our Accreditation page.


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