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Online DNP Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Positively Transform Healthcare with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Patient outcomes are better when highly educated and compassionate nurses have a seat at the table. Earning your DNP degree in our low-residency online program with synchronous components, in which you learn alongside others virtually or in-person, offers a unique opportunity to move into leadership roles without disrupting your current nursing career.

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  • Duration 15 months
  • Cost per Credit $1091
  • Credit Hours 28-34

Program Benefits

  • CCNE-Accredited
  • HRSA Nursing Faculty Loan Repayment Program
  • Flexible, Low-Residency Online Format
  • Supportive, Cohort Model
  • Tuition Assistance Opportunities Available

Become an Expert in Nursing with an Online DNP Degree

Our interactive online classroom with synchronous components, in which you learn alongside others virtually or in person, allows you to earn your DNP in as few as 15 months and begin advocating for healthcare change.

The support of our hands-on faculty will help you change nursing practice to impact healthcare, even before you graduate. Through clinical hours and a scholarly project, you will build upon online classroom hours and impact nursing practice as you learn.

Graduate from the CCNE-accredited DNP program empowered to advocate for patients and the nursing profession competently and compassionately.

Curriculum

The robust curriculum and experienced faculty in Carlow’s low residency online DNP degree program challenge you to improve nursing practice and be a changemaker in your chosen area of expertise. Founded on the values of the Sisters of Mercy, our program encourages service-oriented scholarly work in collaboration with academic practice partners.

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Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26 percent increase in employment of advanced practice nurses between 2018 and 2028.1 When you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready to take on a variety of leadership positions and positively impact the nursing profession.

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HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Level of study: Masters or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan cancellation program with a service obligation for recipients of the loan.

To be eligible to receive an NFLP loan, a borrower must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States.
  • Be enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an eligible nursing program at the time the NFLP loan is established and must complete the education components to prepare qualified nurse faculty.
  • Maintain enrollment for a minimum of two terms/semesters during an academic year while receiving the NFLP loan.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing.
  • Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on default on Federal debt, 28 U S C 3201.
  • Loan recipients must complete the education program and, following graduation, may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan over a consecutive 4-year period while serving as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing (i.e., baccalaureate or higher degree, associate degree or diploma schools of nursing) or obtain the equivalent, thereof, in several part time or adjunct positions. NFLP loans are available to eligible students for the cost of tuition, books, fees, and lab expenses.

Additionally, recipients who are non-MSN NCEL majors may be required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of teaching residency supervised by a nurse faculty member of her/his respective program.  

NFLP borrowers are limited to a 12-month time frame to establish employment as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing following graduation from the program. If employment verification is not submitted within the 12-month period, the loan will revert to a full term student loan and the borrower will NOT be eligible for the loan cancellation provision.

Grantees agree to serve in the stated faculty role of an accredited health professions school for a minimum of four years. Individuals selected to participate are granted cancellation of 20% of the principal and interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of each of the first, second, and third year of full-time nursing faculty employment, and 25% of the principal of and the interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon the completion of the fourth year of full-time employment. Therefore, a maximum potential of 85% of the outstanding principal and interest can be canceled and paid by the Federal government. If the participant ceases employment after two years, the repayment schedule will be established for the remainder of the unpaid loan. To apply for the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, please contact Dr. Renee Ingel rmingel@carlow.edu.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Carlow University, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The online DNP program at Carlow University consists of 28-34 credit hours and costs $1,091 per credit hour.

Our team is committed to making your education affordable. We’re here to provide any help you need as you pursue your Doctor of Nursing Practice in our leadership-based program.

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Faculty

Our responsive faculty and work collaboratively with students to help them achieve their goals. With the guidance of a dedicated faculty adviser, you’ll complete a scholarly project that demonstrates the value of a doctorally prepared nurse.

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An Online Learning Experience Like No Other

When you join the Carlow family, you get an experienced and compassionate team dedicated to your personal and professional growth. Online learning at Carlow offers the flexibility you need while connecting you to a vibrant, close-knit and supportive community of instructors and learners.

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Financial Aid

We understand that pursuing higher education is an investment. Carlow’s staff is always available to answer questions and connect you to resources for loans, grants, scholarships and employer benefits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

Yes. You’ll share your learning with a group of students committed to similar goals.

The program is $1,091 per credit hour. Find out more about tuition, fees and financial aid.

Most of our faculty are full time. All are supportive and engaging throughout your educational experience. Meet our faculty.

Yes. Our program is CCNE accredited.

You can apply online. Learn more about the application process.

The program consists of 12-16 courses. Find out more about the curriculum.

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HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Level of study: Masters or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan cancellation program with a service obligation for recipients of the loan.

To be eligible to receive an NFLP loan, a borrower must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States.
  • Be enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an eligible nursing program at the time the NFLP loan is established and must complete the education components to prepare qualified nurse faculty.
  • Maintain enrollment for a minimum of two terms/semesters during an academic year while receiving the NFLP loan.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing.
  • Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on default on Federal debt, 28 U S C 3201.
  • Loan recipients must complete the education program and, following graduation, may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan over a consecutive 4-year period while serving as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing (i.e., baccalaureate or higher degree, associate degree or diploma schools of nursing) or obtain the equivalent, thereof, in several part time or adjunct positions. NFLP loans are available to eligible students for the cost of tuition, books, fees, and lab expenses.

Additionally, recipients who are non-MSN NCEL majors may be required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of teaching residency supervised by a nurse faculty member of her/his respective program.  

NFLP borrowers are limited to a 12-month time frame to establish employment as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing following graduation from the program. If employment verification is not submitted within the 12-month period, the loan will revert to a full term student loan and the borrower will NOT be eligible for the loan cancellation provision.

Grantees agree to serve in the stated faculty role of an accredited health professions school for a minimum of four years. Individuals selected to participate are granted cancellation of 20% of the principal and interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of each of the first, second, and third year of full-time nursing faculty employment, and 25% of the principal of and the interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon the completion of the fourth year of full-time employment. Therefore, a maximum potential of 85% of the outstanding principal and interest can be canceled and paid by the Federal government. If the participant ceases employment after two years, the repayment schedule will be established for the remainder of the unpaid loan. To apply for the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, please contact Dr. Renee Ingel rmingel@carlow.edu

Sources

  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm