The DNS Curriculum is 60 credit hours composed of 6 hours of statistics, 33 hours of core nursing coursework, 9 hours of electives (one specified in education), and 12 hours (minimum) dissertation credits. All students take coursework in the 2 program foci: Leadership in Nursing Education and Leadership in Responses to Health Disparities. Students may attend the program full-time(9 hours per semester) or part-time (6 hours per semester).

The core component of the program will be offered 50% online and 50% on campus. Classes will meet on campus all day Friday and Saturday once per month. Electives may not fit this schedule, however.