An Innovative and Collaborative Partnership: Advancing Doctoral Nursing Education in North Dakota

Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing and the University of Jamestown are pleased to announce an innovative and collaborative partnership to support advancing doctoral education within the North Dakota professional nurses.

This joint endeavor will bring the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to North Dakota to support academic progression in nursing providing doctoral education for nurse educators and evidence-based teaching. Students may be eligible to participate in the National Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The NFLP Program provides guaranteed loan funds to cover the program expenses. Individuals who complete the program will earn the DNP and be prepared to assume faculty position. In return for teaching full time for four years in an accredited nursing program, 85% of the initial loan is forgiven. Having access to funds removes one of the barriers of doctoral education.

The DNP program is a hybrid program with limited on site requirements. The University of Jamestown is hosting the program on their campus. Students enrolling in this doctoral program will attend class 2 Saturdays per semester for 6 semesters. (The Saturday session dates will be posted in May). Students will travel to California for orientation in August of the first year and for graduation in May of the second year. All other course work and learning activities will be done in North Dakota.

Western University of Health Sciences is a full-accredited, not-for-profit university. The College of Graduate Nursing is fully accredited by CCNE.
Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 cohort through April 2, 2018. To apply please visit Western University of Health Sciences prospective student web page at

Information regarding the DNP program and requirements are located at

Dr. Donna Emanuele, DNP, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP is the Director of the DNP program and can be reached at


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