Northern Illinois University

Online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice


1425 W. Lincoln Hwy

Dekalb, IL 60115

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Format: Online

Program Description:

B.S. in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Save time and money by diving right into earning your D.N.P. at Northern Illinois University. Through this practice-based program, you’ll gain the hands-on experience and expertise to lead in specialized advanced nursing practice and research. Learn to formulate and implement patient care plans, applying credible research findings to innovate and enhance care.


  • Credits Required: 76 credit hours.
    Cost Per Credit Hour: $720 per credit hour.
    Time to Completion: Full-time students can complete their degree in as few as four years. The maximum time to completion is 10 years.
    Program Modality: Coursework is online and the program has occasional, prearranged campus meetings.
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


  • Hands-on Experience: Apply your knowledge immediately with an in-person practicum at a health care facility near you. Having trouble finding one? We can help place you.
    Fast-track Your Career: Skipping the master’s degree and earning your D.N.P. can save you time and earn you up to $9,000 more annually than those in similar positions with a master’s degree.


Earning your D.N.P. degree prepares you for nursing roles including:

  • Nurse Practitioner: $110,930 median annual salary.
    Nurse Educator: $73,503 average annual salary.
    Nurse Administrator: $84,593 average annual salary.


Our online B.S. in Nursing to D.N.P. has the following admissions requirements:

  • Current Illinois RN license.
    Official transcripts.
    A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
    A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of your bachelor’s program.
    A professional goal statement.
    Three professional letters of reference.


The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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