Doctor of Nursing Practice

As you progressed in your medical career, you also had to progress academically. Now, take the next step and pursue your Doctor of Nursing Practice with ACU Online. Our DNP degree is designed to further develop your clinical and leadership skills as a medical professional through a combination of online learning and practical application in the workplace.

As you progressed in your medical career, you also had to progress academically. Now, take the next step and pursue your Doctor of Nursing Practice with ACU Online. Our DNP degree is designed to further develop your clinical and leadership skills as a medical professional through a combination of online learning and practical application in the workplace.

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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.

Could you use a $5,000 scholarship? Apply now to find out more!

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

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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.

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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

Required Hours

39 hours
26 month minimum timeframe

Example Coursework

Informatics to Improve Patient Outcomes
Foundations of Integrative Care
Epidemiology and Population Health
Healthcare Finance and Clinical Practice


Upcoming Start Dates

March 8, 2022
May 3, 2022

Common Job Titles

Academic Nurse Leader
Director of Advanced Practice Nurses
Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Director of Nursing
Lead Clinician
Director of Clinical Services
Public Health Coordinator

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Linda Gibson, BSN to DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Linda Gibson, Doctor of Nursing Practice

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.


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  1. Produce practitioners who think critically, globally, and missionally.
  2. Enhance graduates’ ability to engage in distinct and creative clinical practice initiatives for quality healthcare delivery and the improvement of patient health outcomes.
  3. Deliver and engage in quality healthcare initiatives that allow students to become healthcare agents for the community.
  4. Reflect upon how graduates can best communicate a missionally-driven message to those whom they care for and serve.
  5. Reflect upon their own sense of calling and the ways in which it is enacted in their roles as practitioners. The program will draw students into Christ-centered communities as they share their personal visions and missions for their clinical practice roles.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Have a Master’s in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing (ACEN, CCNE).
  • Submit official transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded the baccalaureate and master’s degree to the applicant sent in a registrar’s sealed and stamped/signed envelope or official electronic transcripts.
  • Have a minimum nursing cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Supply two professional recommendation letters that attest to the applicant’s character, work ethic and professional abilities.
  • Author a 500-word purpose statement outlining your interest in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and your intended scholarly project topic, written in APA format.
  • Submit a professional CV or resume.
  • Provide proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the United States.
  • Complete an undergraduate level statistics course with a “C” or better.
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791