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Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice| Enhance your Leadership Skills with a DNP
    Welcome to the DNP

    Pursuing a post-master's DNP at Boise State will enhance your leadership skills. You will acquire important tools and expertise leading to improved health care organizations and systems, nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Dr. Pamela StrohfusWelcome!
We are so pleased that you are taking steps to reach your goal of achieving a doctoral degree.

Boise State’s leadership-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares nurses to lead organizations and to positively impact health outcomes.

Our dedicated faculty provide a challenging and high quality academic experience. We will prepare you with sophisticated expertise in assessing organizations and analyzing systems’ issues. You will graduate with the leadership skills needed to manage complex projects and deliver results. We look forward to receiving your application.

Pamela Strohfus, DNP, RN, CNE
DNP Program Coordinator

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are pleased to answer your questions about what to expect from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Boise State. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your goals or with questions about the program, application process or requirements.

What are the requirements to apply?

We seek highly motivated nurses who aspire to, or who are currently serving in leadership roles within health care or educational organizations and who seek opportunities to impact health outcomes and to improve nursing practice.

We enroll students who are prepared to meet the rigorous academic expectations of a professional doctoral program and we value individuals who embrace a collaborative and self-directed educational approach.

To apply, applicants must have a master’s degree in nursing, public administration, business, nursing education, health care administration, social work or another comparable field. View all program education, licensing, GPA, and residency requirements.

Why Boise State?

At Boise State, you can anticipate a doctoral program that includes:


Our faculty are passionate about nursing practice and are experienced online educators with a wide range of policy, administrative, and academic expertise. You can anticipate support and encouragement as you work to achieve your academic and professional goals. View faculty bios.


The DNP program benefits from the enrollment of nurses with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Our students include nurse practitioners, nurse managers, health care executives, public health officials, policy advocates and educators. View detailed application requirements.


DNP students receive a high quality academic program from an esteemed, research-oriented public university. Our total tuition is $30,000 regardless of residency. Other costs include books and travel costs associated with attending on campus Executive Sessions. There are no professional or out-of-state fees. View cost information.


The DNP will provide you with the sophisticated expertise and skills required to lead organizations. Coursework covers heath care policy and advocacy, finance, information systems, project management and organizational leadership. View curriculum.

Scholarly Projects Promo ButtonWhat is a Scholarly Project?

The defining feature of Boise State’s DNP program is the Scholarly Project.

Designed to directly or indirectly improve nursing practice and health outcomes, work on the Scholarly Project begins almost immediately upon enrollment. Every required course subsequently supports students in developing expertise and leadership skills that can be applied to the successful management of their project. View examples of Scholarly Projects completed by DNP Alumni.

Image of Norco Nursing BuildingAre Campus Visits Required?

While all courses are delivered online, students attend three to four Executive Sessions on the Boise State campus. Executive Sessions include an orientation and the delivery of Scholarly Projector proposals and final reports. In addition, these on campus sessions provide a valuable opportunity to engage and interact with both faculty and fellow students.

What is the difference between a DNP and a PhD?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest degree for nurses seeking to lead health organizations by improving nursing competencies or health outcomes through engagement in advocacy, effective management, and the application of research-based evidence into practice. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) has an in-depth focus on academic research and is designed to prepare nurse scientists and scholars. Review more information about the differences between PhD in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs (pdf).

Does Boise State offer an advanced practice DNP degree?

Boise State’s DNP is a post-master’s, leadership-focused program. However, Boise State does offer a nurse practitioner program leading to a master of nursing degree.  View information about the AGNP Master of Nursing Program.

Ready to Get Started?

A new cohort of students enrolls each fall semester. Applications are due by July 15. Apply by April 15 to receive priority consideration.