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Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner)


About the Program


The Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BDNP) program allows nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BS or BSN) to achieve a doctoral degree. The program is designed to equip advanced practice nurses (APNs) to practice at the highest level of leadership, scholarship, and character to be world changers in global healthcare systems. The focus of primary care is the interrelationship of theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for family nurse practitioner certification by the appropriate credentialing body.


The Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BDNP) program prepares nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BS or BSN) to achieve a doctoral degree. The program is designed to equip nurses to practice at an advanced level of leadership, scholarship, and character.

The Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare graduates to:

  • Synthesize contemporary issues in relation to organizations.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach in advanced practice across the lifespan.
  • Collaborate with interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes in individuals, families and diverse populations.
  • Synthesize principles of leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems.
  • Integrate character, scholarship, and leadership in advanced nursing practice.
  • Develop an innovative approach to evidence-based practice. Provide culturally relevant health care from a biblical perspective.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, www.nonpf.org.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
71 Total $850/ credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

The total cost of the program, including tuition and any fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. Payment for each course is due three weeks before the course begins. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program and include the cost for flights, accommodations, and some meals for the global travel requirement. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Should you need to withdraw from the program, a withdrawal fee will be applied, Program costs may change if you withdraw from the program and rejoin in a future cohort at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice*. Courses are offered in a block format with two courses in most blocks. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.


* Students will participate in a 1 credit project course at the beginning of their program.


Below are the lists of requirements for the BDNP program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Academic Requirements

  1. Submission of transcript for a completed baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing with national nursing accreditation i.e. CCNE/NLNAC.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences.
  3. Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.


The BDNP program is designed with a lock-step curriculum to be completed in
approximately 51 months. The program requirements must be completed within 78
months from start date. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment with
their original cohort and curriculum will be required to join a new cohort (as space
is available), adapt to all new curricular requirements, changes to the DNP Scholarly
Project Manual, and any NO Clinical Guideline changes, and will incur any changes in
program cost. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the Dean
of the Division of Doctoral Programs or designated academic leader with the final
decision resting with the Student Life Council.


Doctoral students not completing the DNP Project by the end of DNP-812 will be
required to maintain continuous enrollment. Students will enroll in a one-hour
DNP Project Continuation course (DNP-900) continuously until the DNP Project
is successfully defended. Students will pay the one-credit-hour course tuition, a
$500 additional DNP Project Advisor fee, and any other required fees to maintain
continuous enrollment. Each continuation course will be 10 weeks in length. The
maximum number of continuation courses will be seven.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:
  1. Submission of the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Division of Graduate Nursing application for the BDNP program.
  2. International/Non-English Speaking Students - A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen mustsubmit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their firsthand primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required for regular academic admission. Student visas (I- 20s) are not issued for students wanting to enter the United States to enroll in programsoffered for adult and graduate students.

General Information Regarding Admission:

  • The Division of Graduate Nursing may request an interview with an applicant once all the admission criteria listed above have been me.
  • The number of applicants admitted to the BDNP programs will be limited. Meeting the admission criteria does not ensure that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point is expected.
  • Once an application for the BDNP program has been submitted, it will remain valid for 12 months.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs, complete the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application Apply online at indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts College: Official transcripts are required from all post secondary degree granting institutions, if IWU is accepting transfer credits. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from nonU.S. school, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:

  • All credits required in the program with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • No grade less than a "B" in any given course.
  • Fulfillment of at least 1000 practicum hours.
  • Successful completion, defense, and submission of the DNP Project.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within 78 months of matriculation.
  • All financial obligations must be settled in order to receive a diploma.

Practicum Hours

A minimum of 1000 graduate level practicum hours are required to be eligible for graduation. Practicum hours will be a culmination of hours completed during the BDNP program.

Practicum hours may be accrued by completion of work or projects as approved by the course faculty or the Dean of the Division of Doctoral Programs or designated academic leader. Further explanation of practicum hours can be found in the DNP Project Manual and NP Clinical Guidelines.

Professional Requirements

  1. Submission of current unencumbered RN license. Proof that all nursing licenses – whether current or inactive – are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. Submission of resume/curriculum vitae.
  3. All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate. These letters should be solicited from professionals who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the doctoral programs.
  4. Submission of a 2-3 page narrative describing practice experience and professional goals.
  5. A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed upon admission to the program and will be repeated prior to the NP practicum courses.

Progression Requirements

  1. All courses must be successfully completed in the sequence prescribed by the program's requirements. Failure to complete a course successfully will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program.
  2. Each course must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of “B” or above before progressing into the next course.
  3. Doctoral Nursing Students will be academically dismissed upon receipt of a second unsatisfactory grade.
  4. Students must maintain an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multiple state licenses, all must be unencumbered. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Nursing if the status of his or her RN license changes. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status is not maintained.
  5. A transcultural healthcare experience is required.
  6. Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Nurse Practitioner students must have health clearance and documentation of TB, Rubella, and Hepatitis B status; and meet any other requirements of the practicum site before any client contact. A second criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense) will be required for all Nurse Practitioner students prior to the first practicum course. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.
  7. Any student found to have falsified practicum hours will be immediately dismissed and not allowed to re-enter any graduate nursing program at IWU.
  8. Students who maintain continuous enrollment, who make normal progress toward a degree, and who earn their degree within the major program's maximum time from the date of enrollment may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled.


Residency for the doctoral program is satisfied by attending three onsite residencies. Students are expected to be in attendance throughout the residency and are not allowed an absence from required workshops, events, or class sessions that are scheduled during the residency. If a student does need to withdraw from a residency, and the withdrawal date is less than 10 days from the start date of the residency (DNP-801, DNP-810, and DNP-812), residency fees are non-refundable. Business casual is the expected attire. Students are expected to follow the community lifestyle statement of the university while on campus. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, use of firearms, and unethical or illegal activities.

  • Residency I – Orientation to the DNP Program and DNP Scholarly Project requirements
  • Residency II –DNP Scholarly Project Proposal presentation
  • Residency III – Final DNP Scholarly Project presentation and other required activities

Start Dates

Below are upcoming start dates for the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to nine hours of post-baccalaureate credit from a regionally accredited college or university provided that:
  • The course is clearly comparable to one of the BDNP course offerings based on course description and learning outcomes.
  • The course is at the 500 or higher numbering system (600 or higher for any doctoral level courses) and was not part of the baccalaureate degree requirements.
  • A grade of “B” or higher was earned in the course.
  • The course was completed within the past five years.
  • The course reflects current knowledge and best practice.
  • The course reflects higher order thinking, study, and assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.
  • Courses containing practicum requirements may not be met by transfer course (NP practicum courses, graduate level health assessment, graduate level healthcare policy, cultural healthcare and all DNP project courses). All DNP project work must be original and accomplished exclusively during IWU DNP enrollment.