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Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States Minor Outlying Islands


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There’s an ongoing conversation among health care professionals and organizations about whether a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree should be the new requirement for nurses entering the advanced practice registered nursing field. The reason is that there’s a link between higher education and a higher level of care.

That’s why starting in 2025, nursing students aiming to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists must first earn their D.N.P. before being considered for advanced practice. And even if a CRNA isn’t part of your career plan, it may not be long until other advanced practice nurse roles fall in line.

We’d like to help you prepare for wherever the future of health care takes you and ensure that you’re ready for new requirements or opportunities. Earn your online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with UND and our team of board-certified faculty experts will equip you with skills beyond the bedside to effect change in both clinical and leadership roles.

Certain populations rely on the expertise of nursing professionals more than others. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, nearly 15% of nurse practitioners practice in communities of less than 10,000 people. AANP’s survey also highlighted the fact that approximately 1 out of every 15 patients that nurse practitioners treat receive charitable care. We know how important it is to care for these populations, which is why our master’s in nursing programs focus on teaching you what to expect and how to improve their care experience.

But underserved populations aren’t the only ones at risk: So many of the issues involved with poor population health are due to poor health literacy. People often don’t know what to avoid, but they do know who to turn to when crisis strikes or chronic illness flares: nurses. But not just any nurse — advanced practice nurses who they can trust when they need relief. Give your patients more than a diagnosis when they come to see you. Empower them to play an active role in controlling their conditions and their outcomes.

At the University of North Dakota, we offer an online Master of Science with a Major in Nursing degree with four specializations so you can focus your expertise and confidently address patient needs.


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