Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is nursing's highest professional practice degree. George Mason's School of Nursing offers an innovative DNP program including post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) options. The DNP program provides an opportunity for nurses to become experts as nurse practitioners and nurse administrators. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes, and assuming leadership roles in practice settings.

Classes are offered in a variety of ways: executive format on the Prince William or Fairfax Campuses, online core courses, and advanced clinical expertise development in traditional format at the Prince William or Fairfax Campuses. Our executive format meets approximately once every three weeks on campus, with the rest of the course materials offered online. The complete DNP curriculum and course descriptions may be found in the online university catalog.

Students may draw on the expertise from throughout the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) in such areas as health economics, health policy, and epidemiology. Graduates of the program will be able to assume many roles in the health care system, including direct patient care, clinical nursing faculty, practice management, and policy development.

Graduates are eligible for certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration

Mission Statements

Mission statements for George Mason University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the School of Nursing are available for review.

Nurse at station

DNP Program Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to prepare DNP graduates to assume leadership roles in clinical practice and nursing administration.

DNP Program Goals Statement

The goal of the program is for DNP graduates to have the highest level of preparation in specialty nursing practice. They will have the skills to increase practice innovation and improve health care.


For questions about the graduate admissions process, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at or 703-993-1736.

If you still have unanswered questions, please contact the Doctoral Program office at 703-993-1961 or contact the DNP coordinator.

Cherl Oetjen

Dr. Cheryl Oetjen
Term Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean for MSN and DNP Concentrations