Program Delivery

The DNP program is offered in a blended format consisting of online, on-site, and blended courses.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) move directly through the program to obtain the DNP degree; applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an RN license from an accredited program enter as DNP transition students and are required to take an additional one to four courses. All students in the post-baccalaureate and transitional tracks must have a current license as a professional Registered Nurse (RN) from at least one political jurisdiction prior to beginning the DNP program and from the State of Illinois prior to the second semester of the program.

DNP Transition Program

The DNP transition is a route of entry to the DNP in nursing for students with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. 

  • Transition students are required to take an additional 1 to 4 courses (to be determined upon admission to determine which courses are necessary).
  • All transition courses are delivered online in eight-week modules, delivered through the School of Continuing Studies and taught by UIC College of Nursing faculty.
  • Course credits are applied exactly the same as graduate degree courses.
  • Students are assessed UIC Graduate Student Tuition/Fees.
  • All required transition courses are to be completed during the first Fall/Spring semesters following admission to the College of Nursing and before beginning any coursework in the AGMS degree.

The transition courses are as follows:

  • NURS 210 Health Assessment 
  • NURS 242 Concepts & Processes for Contemporary Nursing Practice 
  • NURS 385 Clinical Concepts & Processes for Population-Focused Nursing 
  • NURS 322 Introduction to Nursing Research & Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice