Program Highlights

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.

As the environment of health care in our nation has become increasingly complex, the nursing profession has responded by advancing a practice doctorate, which ensures that professional nurses have both the practice expertise and the evidence-based scientific knowledge necessary to impact positively the quality and safety outcomes for patients. In addition, the growing national shortage of nursing faculty who are prepared at the doctoral level can be improved with the increase of DNP-prepared advanced practice nurses.

Recommendation form for FNP Application

Program Details

  • FNP students will be enrolled as a cohort group that will advance through the program together.
  • FNP concentration will be offered in both full time and part time options and for both BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP options.
  • An advanced (graduate level) statistics course must be completed prior to enrollment.
  • Classes delivered in a variety of methods including face-to-face, hybrid, and online.
  • Theory and practice schedules are set by the School of Nursing in collaboration with its practice partners.
  • The DNP (FNP) graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by either American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) or the American Nursing Credentialing Center (AANC).
  • Courses delivered year round.
  • Courses during the first year are offered in an online format that will allow the students to continue to work full time if desired.
  • Starting in the second year students will have face-to-face courses located in Decatur.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (Full-Time or Part-Time):

  • The BSN to DNP (FNP) degree consists of 70 credit hours and includes 1200+ hours of clinical practice.
  • For BSN to DNP (FNP) applicants, preference will be given to those with at least one year of full time registered professional nursing experience.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (Full-Time or Part-Time):

  • The MSN to DNP (FNP) consists of 50-54 credit hours and includes 800+ clinical hours.
  • For MSN to DNP (FNP) applicants, preference will be given to those with at least one year of full time registered professional nursing experience.

BSN to DNP (FNP)

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the DNP (FNP) application.
  • Send official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete a graduate level statistics course prior to enrollment.
  • Possess an unencumbered/ unrestricted license as an RN in Illinois or be eligible and obtain upon admission.
  • Provide official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if the undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations as described on the application from.
  • Submit a written statement (see application for details).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vita that demonstrates clinical nursing experience.
  • BSN to DNP (FNP) applicants, preference will be given to those with at least one year of full time registered professional nursing experience.

Important Program Dates

Application deadline for Class enrolling January 2020: February 15, 2019

Submit application materials via NursingCAS or Millikin University, Admissions, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522.

Interviews: March 2-3, 2019

Select candidates will be invited to interview. Interview invitations will be sent following the March 18, 2019 Admissions Committee meeting.

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 enrollment:

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

Programmatic Orientation

Orientation for new students entering the DNP (FNP) will be held on campus prior to beginning of classes in January.

MSN to DNP (FNP)

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the DNP (FNP) application.
  • Send official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Show evidence of MSN core courses (Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan, Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan, Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Application of Theory to Practice) as well as a Health Care Policy course and a graduate level statistics course prior to enrollment or by the end of the first semester of DNP (FNP) coursework.
  • Possess an unencumbered/unrestricted license as a Register Professional Nurse in Illinois.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations as described on the application form.
  • Submit a written statement (see application for details).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vita.
  • MSN to DNP (FNP) applicants, preference will be given to those with at least one year of full time registered professional nursing experience.

Important Program Dates

Application Deadline for Classes enrolling in January 2020: February 15, 2019

Submit application material via NursingCAS or Millikin University, Admissions, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522.

Interviews: March 2-3, 2019

Select candidates will be invited to interview. Interview invitations will be sent following the March 18, 2019 Admissions Committee meeting.

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 enrollment:

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

Programmatic Orientation

Orientation for new students entering the DNP (FNP) will be held on campus prior to beginning of classes in January 2020.