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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. A Doctor of Nursing Practice will enhance your leadership skills and allow you to develop sophisticated expertise in assessing organizations and analyzing systems’ issues.

We offer a supportive program and our faculty are committed to provided you with a challenging and high quality academic experience. We look forward to receiving your application.

Pamela Strohfus, DNP, RN, CNE
DNP Program Coordinator

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited to answer your questions about what you can expect from our DNP program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why Boise State?

At Boise State, you can expect a doctoral program that is:


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.


While many DNP students are nurse practitioners, Boise State’s program welcomes RNs with BSNs who have non-nursing master degrees in areas such as business, public policy, leadership, psychology, and health care administration.  View detailed application requirements.


Students can anticipate a high quality academic program from an esteemed public university with an affordable tuition rate. View cost information.


Coursework includes organizational leadership, heath care policy, advocacy, finance, information systems and management. View curriculum..

Do I need an Master’s Degree in Nursing?

While applicants do need a master’s degree, we value diversity and enroll nurses with MSNs, as well as master degrees in public administration (MPA), business (MBA), education,  health care administration (MHA), social work and other comparable fields. Our program benefits from the variety of educational and professional experiences of our students  — which includes nurse practitioners, nurse managers, health care executives, public health officials, policy advocates and educators.

Please Note: Applicants with master degrees in fields other than nursing do need a bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to apply. View application requirements.

Scholarly Projects Promo ButtonWhat is a DNP Scholarly Project?

Is there something you are passionate about changing or improving within your health care or educational organization? As a DNP student, you will not only acquire significant skills and knowledge, but you’ll put the theory into practice by completing a comprehensive Scholarly Project. Upon graduation, you will have produced a project that transforms the practice of nursing, either directly or indirectly, by  improving health care, operations, systems, nursing education or patient outcomes. View Scholarly Projects.

Image of Norco Nursing BuildingAre Campus Visits Required?

While all DNP courses are delivered online, you will attend three Executive Sessions during each spring semester of the program. Students report that these sessions provide a valuable opportunity to engage and interact with both faculty and fellow students.

DNP or PhD?

While the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) has an in-depth focus on academic research and is designed to prepare nurse scientists and scholars, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest degree for nurses working with patients, teaching nursing practice, leading health related organizations, or focused on practice competencies. Review more information about the differences between PhD in Nursing and DNP Programs (pdf).

Ready to Get Started?

A new cohort starts the DNP program each fall semester.  Applications are due by July 15 and those who apply by April 15 receive priority consideration.