DNP Programs in Illinois

There are several schools in Illinois that offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to nurses who hold an MSN; some also offer programs to nurses who only have a BSN. Many of these programs allow areas of specialization. Read more below.

Bradley University

Bradley University offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with two different tracks: a BSN-to-DNP program with a family nurse practitioner specialization and an MSN-to-DNP program with a leadership specialization option. The DNP with the family nurse practitioner focus provides preparation for those who want to work in family medicine or another field of practice while the leadership DNP develops students' nursing, administrative, and leadership skills in healthcare.

DePaul University

DePaul University's DNP program is available to nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and/or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as well as a valid RN license. The program consists of a capstone project, 10 core courses, and courses in one of the following specializations: adult-gerontological nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse midwife.

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago has a DNP program that requires an MSN for admission and is delivered through both online and on-site components. Loyola's program focuses on populations that are at risk and emphasizes leadership in creating change and improvement in healthcare. The school also offers a unique BSN-to-DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in Substance Use and Addiction Disorders program.

Millikin University

Millikin University offers several DNP program options. There are BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP programs with focuses on family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia. There is also a DNP degree completion program for advanced practice nurses who are currently licensed as a nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical specialist, or a nurse practitioner. Millikin's DNP program is delivered online in a part-time, year-round format and takes around 30 months to complete.

Resurrection University

Resurrection University offers an online DNP program to nurses who hold an MSN with a 3.25 GPA on their graduate coursework. The program is designed to be completed by working professionals, and students can select a specialization in either urban health or policy, and takes an average of two years to complete.

Rush University

Rush University offers a DNP program for nurses who hold at least a BSN; the program can be completed in around three years. Rush provides a multitude of specialization options for students: adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, nurse anesthesia, family practice, neonatal nursing, pediatric acute care, primary care pediatric, psychiatric-mental health, public health, transformative leadership in population health, and transformative leadership systems.

Saint Anthony College of Nursing

Saint Anthony College of Nursing offers a DNP with both a BSN and MSN entry point. It is designed to be completed through a part-time schedule. The DNP at Saint Anthony's has specialization options in the following areas: academic leadership, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, clinical leadership, family nurse practitioner, and leader in macro/micro health care systems.

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing has an online DNP program which is open to current registered nurses with a BSN and/or an MSN. The program allows students to concentrate in either clinical or leadership areas, giving them the opportunity to customize their education to fit their anticipated careers.

University of St. Francis

The University of St. Francis offers an online DNP program that consists of 40 credit hours and has an optional education concentration component for those who are interested in teaching positions. The DNP program prepares nurses for advanced practice positons through instruction and clinical practice, with much of the fieldwork services provided to vulnerable populations.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Bradley University DNP $16,020
DePaul University DNP $19,032
Loyola University Chicago DNP $18,594
Millikin University DNP $22,187
Resurrection University DNP $10,608
Rush University DNP $36,788
Saint Anthony College of Nursing DNP $17,190
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing DNP $7,968
University of St. Francis DNP $13,464

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

With nearly a dozen DNP programs available in Illinois, nurses with either a BSN or MSN can earn their doctoral degree in a few short years. Some programs may be online, onsite, or hybrid, and they provide students with the ability to specialize in a specific area of interest, such as pediatrics, family medicine, mental health, and leadership.

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