Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Become a leader at the height of your profession; someone who influences the practice of nursing through evidence-based practice, research, analysis, supervision and mentorship.

You can help shape the future of patient care and spearhead the changes that take health care to a better place. We understand that life and all of its responsibilities can feel like they are preventing you from furthering your education.

Our graduate programs are designed for the working adult to attend classes on a part-time academic schedule.

Going Beyond...

The DNP program goes beyond the master’s level to help you master the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses.

You will develop the analytical skills used in policy formation and the management of health care populations.

You will develop the skills to incorporate financial, quality care, safety and outcome evaluation analyses to your practice.

DNP Specializations

Academic Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Academic Leader program is designed for nurses who aspire to be a faculty member within a college or university. Nursing is a growing field, where well-prepared educators and leaders are needed to pass on their knowledge and shape the next generation of nurses. Nurses with either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing degree can enroll.

Length: Program typically takes five years to complete.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program may pursue either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The curriculum is based upon the Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner core courses, with added focus on acute care specialty courses and acute care practicum. One aspect of the program at Saint Anthony College of Nursing that sets it apart from other schools is the acute care diagnostics and therapeutics course, with 100 clinical hours in radiology, pharmacotherapeutics, nutritional support and pulmonary critical care.

Length: Program typically takes six years to complete.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (Post-baccalaureate)

For BSN-prepared students, this program focuses on the maturing adult. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) uses evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills to influence patient care.

A CNS serves as a role model to staff, mentors and supervises less experienced staff, identifies and researches problems, and applies research findings to improve patient outcomes.

Length: Program typically takes six years to complete.

Adult-Gerontology CNS (Post-master’s)

For MSN-prepared students, this program focuses on the maturing adult. A CNS utilizes evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills to influence patient care.

A CNS serves as a role model to staff, mentors and supervises less experienced staff, identifies and researches problems, and applies research findings to improve patient outcomes.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.

Adult-Gerontology PCNP (Post-baccalaureate)

For BSN-prepared students, our Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to be outstanding primary care providers for aging adults.

Length: Program typically takes six years to complete.

Adult-Gerontology PCNP (Post-master’s)

For MSN-prepared students, our Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to be outstanding primary care providers for aging adults.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.

Clinical Leadership

Designed for nurses who aspire to be leaders, or who hold leadership positions, the BSN-DNP Clinical Leadership program prepares nurses to serve in management roles in clinical environments. In addition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) core classes, which advance nursing practice knowledge, this program focuses on providing students with operational, human resource, legal and risk management and strategic leadership knowledge. Practicum experiences are tailored to each student’s management experience. Nurses with either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing degree can enroll.

Length: Program typically takes five years to complete.

Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-baccalaureate)

For BSN-prepared students, our Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to be outstanding primary care providers for to mothers, infants, children, adults and geriatric patients.

Length: Program typically takes six years to complete.

Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-master’s)

For MSN-prepared students, our Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to be outstanding primary care providers for to mothers, infants, children, adults and geriatric patients.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.

Leader in Macro/Micro Health Care Systems

The Leadership in Macro/Micro Healthcare Systems option for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree helps current nursing leaders in health care administration, management and education to further develop their skills in leadership, finance and operations, and evidence-based practice.

Length: Program typically takes three years to complete.

Get Started

To start the admissions process for our DNP program, please review our admission policies and process.