Frequently Asked Questions


What is the DNP degree?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program educates nurses for the highest level of clinically expert practice, including sophisticated diagnostic and treatment competencies.  These competencies, combined with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education, prepare DNPs for leadership practice roles on the front line of their profession.  Recognizing that advanced practice preparation requires education at the doctoral level, the Fairleigh Dickinson University program provides intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration in both the education and practice settings.

What is an Executive DNP program?

The DNP program follows the Executive educational model blending on-line and in classroom learning experiences.  Classes meet monthly on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  Supplementary readings and assignments are provided online.  This format allows DNP students to complete three three-credit courses in one 16-week semester for full-time studies.  Part-time students follow the same format and complete six credits per semester.  

What is the benefit of attending a blended DNP program over an on-line program?

A blended program provides students with the combined benefit of both classroom and on-line learning.  On-line learning provides students with flexibility. Class meetings enhance learning through open dialogue with the professor and fellow students.

What if I hold a Master's degree in a related field?

A Bridge Program to the DNP is available for nurses with a Master's degree in another field.

Is the DNP program accredited?

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Can I attend the program while working full time?

The DNP program follows the Executive educational model allowing nurses in full time employment to attend as either full time or part time students.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The program may be completed in 2 calendar years (24 months) if taken full time with focus on graduate studies. Completion of the program depends upon the student, if they attend full or part time, and if they can dedicate the time to their graduate studies.
What DNP Programs do you offer?

The 36-credit postmaster DNP program offers 2 specialization tracks - clinical leadership and organizational leadership. The clinical leadership track prepares advanced practice nurses (APNs) for leadership in expert practice and the organizational leadership track prepares graduates for leadership in institutions and organizations.

An Accelerated PreBaccalaureate (BSN to DNP) DNP Program and an Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate (MSN to DNP) DNP Program, both with a focus in Gerontology, have just been added to the Post-Masters DNP Program.

Is there tuition assistance?
Tuition assistance is available through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The NFLP is a federal program of loan forgiveness of up to 85% of the loan, in exchange for four years of full time employment as a nursing faculty at an accredited school of nursing after graduation. The application process is completed through the school. See for information.
Where are your DNP graduates?

Our graduates are employed in positions requiring the highest level of leadership in clinically expert practice in inpatient and outpatient settings, colleges and universities and regulatory institutions. They include executives, clinicians, educators, and policy makers.