Program Highlights

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Completion Program is for Advanced Practice Nurses who want to complete the practice doctorate as their highest earned academic degree. The DNP is a practice-focused doctorate similar in scope to those practice doctorates offered in other professional disciplines.

Students who can enroll are those holding Advanced Practice licensure in the state of Illinois as either a nurse midwife, a nurse anesthetist, a clinical specialist, or a nurse practitioner. Advanced Practice Nurses enrolled in this option will normally require 23-25 hours to complete the degree.

Master's level APN transcripts will be reviewed individually to determine the number of residency hours required. Coursework is designed to be completed part-time over a 30-month period. The DNP Program does not follow the traditional university calendar. Courses are delivered online, year-round.

Download the DNP Completion Program Plan of Study

Getting Into the Program

Prior to July 1, Graduate applicants should:

  • Complete the DNP Application. Click here to start your application.
  • Send official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Show evidence of MSN core courses, (Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan, Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan and Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan) as well as graduate-level statistics and Health Care Policy and Economics course prior to enrollment.
  • Possess and unencumbered/unrestricted license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Illinois.  Submit evidence of advanced practice national certification. Submit current resume or curriculum vita that demonstrates advanced nursing practice experience and continuing education since licensure.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations (form).
  • 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.

All items should be mailed to: Millikin University School of Nursing, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522.

In addition, international students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency.  For requirements, go to: link to Center for International Education.