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Doctor of Nursing Degree Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Are there any residency or clinical requirements with this degree?
Yes. There is a 4-credit clinical residency course that requires 360 (90 per credit) hours. Clinical hours are based upon student goals and interests. The residency is completed in four 1-credit increments.  Residency hours may be taken concurrently with project work.

Is this program accredited?

Yes. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at The Catholic University of America are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. 

What are the admissions requirements?
To be considered for admission to the post-master’s DNP program, you must hold baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing from an accredited program or school, with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. To learn more about the admissions guidelines and the application process, go to the Admissions page. 

Is this a research-based degree? What is the difference between a PhD program and a DNP program?
The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares you for a clinical practice career rather than one in research. Essentially, you will learn how to apply research within the health care and nursing context. The focus is on clinical practice, not on research methodology. The PhD is a research-focused doctoral degree in nursing. Designed to prepare nurse scientists and scholars, these programs focus heavily on scientific content and research methodology.

The two types of doctoral programs are both considered terminal degrees in nursing, but represent different goals—one in clinical practice, one in research. To learn more about The Catholic University’s online PhD program, go to the PhD Overview page.

What’s the next step?
If you’re ready to apply, go to the Apply Now page. If you’d like to learn more about the online DNP, call us at 855-295-5711 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.