Chatham University

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Chatham University DNP program prepares nurses to practice as leaders in the promotion and use of evidence-based practice in healthcare delivery systems. DNP graduates have skill sets and competencies to function in clinical and executive leadership roles depending on the student's interest and career trajectory.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

DNP Program Structure (27 Credits)

Students looking for a doctorate of nursing practice degree find Chatham's to be one of the shortest-to-degree clinical doctorates in the market. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice is a 27-credit program offering meaningful, sequential courses that provide practical knowledge for the advanced practice RN. Each online course required for the DNP program is 14 weeks in length and students may choose a full-time or part-time schedule. Depending on their preferred pace, students can complete the program in three to five semesters and 500 practice experience hours (self-directed practice experience capstone project) with only one brief, two-day residency required. Students may determine a focus specific to their interests for their capstone project pending faculty approval.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked in the top 100 of all programs in the U.S. News and World Report 2015 Best Online Programs edition

Top 100

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program (along with Chatham's MSN) was ranked in the top 100 of all programs in the U.S. News & World Report "2015 Best Online Programs" edition.


Student Perspectives

"Such an incredible faculty that were able to impart their knowledge in an inspirational way."
– Laura Cohen, DNP '16

"Chatham gave me the skills and knowledge to push the boundaries of my career. I was fortunate to be mentored by amazing faculty and alumni."
– Angela Hardy, DNP ‘12


Alumni Success

See some of what our graduates have gone on to achieve after earning their doctorates in nursing practice from Chatham. Visit Alumni Success »