School of Nursing launches doctoral program

As demand grows for nurses with advanced clinical and management skills, the UIndy School of Nursing is launching its first doctoral degree program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Aimed at nurses working in administrative or advanced-practice roles, the post-master’s program will provide students with a mix of clinical, organizational, financial and leadership skills. Graduates will be prepared to use the latest research to enhance patient care and to evaluate and improve healthcare delivery systems.


The first students are being recruited now and will begin their studies in January. The School of Nursing, known for its range of Master of Science specialties, expects the initial wave of students to come primarily from its own alumni ranks, said Anne Thomas, the school’s dean.

“They’ve been asking us for a program like this,” she said. “Many hospitals in the area are now seeking doctorally prepared leaders for executive and mid-level management positions.”

The degree also would be valuable to nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists, Thomas added.

Aside from an intensive three-day session on campus at the start of each semester, the 35-credit-hour DNP program at UIndy will be provided in an online format convenient for working professionals. Full-time students can complete the courses and field work in two years, including a summer session, but most students are expected to choose a part-time option that typically would be completed in three years, including two intervening summer sessions. Students will proceed through the curriculum in cohorts of 10 to 12, with new cohorts beginning each year.

For more information, contact graduate academic advisor Jane Kress at (317) 788-2128 or; or Associate Professor Corinne Wheeler, coordinator of the DNP program, at (317) 788 – 6226 or

About Nursing at UIndy
The University of Indianapolis School of Nursing is known for crafting innovative degree programs to meet community needs. Specialties in the Master of Science in Nursing program include Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Nursing Education, and Nursing and Health Systems Leadership. More information is available at