Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
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New, first-time BSN to DNP or DNP students only. Must meet all admission requirements and start class in the next term. Learn more.
About the Program
You have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to proactively develop, implement, and evaluate ethical healthcare policies at all levels. By earning your DNP degree, you’ll encourage your own career development while helping guide and support colleagues in their own journey in the healthcare profession.
All the Details on Your Degree
ACU’s online DNP program adheres and aligns with the current trend in the education of nurses and supports recommendations set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the National Academy of Medicine, and numerous other healthcare organizations.
Advanced Practice Nurse
Executive Nursing Leadership
26 month minimum timeframe
Informatics to Improve Patient Outcomes
Foundations of Integrative Care
Epidemiology and Population Health
Healthcare Finance and Clinical Practice
June 29, 2021
August 24, 2021
Common Job Titles
Academic Nurse Leader
Director of Advanced Practice Nurses
Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Director of Nursing
Director of Clinical Services
Public Health Coordinator
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Linda Gibson is the program director for the BSN to DNP and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. Gibson has been an associate professor within ACU’s School of Nursing for the past three years, though her teaching experience spans 30 years. Much of her clinical experience comes from a VA hospital, and her MSN specialty areas include Medical/Surgical Nursing (RNP), Teaching/Evaluation, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (CNS).
As a lifelong learner, she went on to complete her DNP and is currently pursuing a homeopathic degree. Dr. Gibson lives in the hills of Tennessee surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
How to Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level
Are you ready to rise to the highest level of your nursing career? ACU offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice program that will help you advance your healthcare career through developing your clinical and leadership skills.
Connected to a Family of Faith
A family-like atmosphere, even in an online class setting, is what attracted Doctor of Nursing Practice Inaugural Program Director Dr. Tonya Sawyer-McGee to her position. It’s also why she believes students continue to choose ACU to prepare to become effective nurse practitioners. Learn why ACU’s online DNP program is different from other nursing programs.
Everything You Need to Know About ACU Online’s DNP Program
Nurses who want to enact change may consider advancing their skills with a DNP degree. Learn all about ACU Online’s DNP program and how it will prepare you to be a leader in the nursing industry.
Student Spotlight: Susie Brown
Meet Susie Brown, currently enrolled in ACU Online’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Read how she’s shining in her DNP program, while tackling personal odds.
How to be an Effective Nurse Leader
Looking to inspire, lead and motivate your team of nurses so you can provide the best possible care for patients? Here are 5 traits you need to be an effective nurse leader.