Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Our program is designed to provide courses that prepare the graduate in areas of the scientific underpinnings for practice, organizational and systems leadership, clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence based practice, information systems/technology, health care policy for advocacy in rural health care, inter-professional collaboration, clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health.

The College of Nursing is nationally recognized as one of the 25 Top Online DNP Programs.

Online Classes

Top 25 best online DNP programs The DNP Program is a online program.

The Learning Management System allows students to view course materials, check course calendars, and participate in synchronous and asynchronous discussions.

You will interact and collaborate with course faculty and classmates and do coursework from the convenience of your own setting.

Students do not need to come to campus.

Program Options

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is proud to offer a comprehensive post-master's DNP degree in two areas of concentration:

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the doctorate degree program is able to:

  1. Incorporate advanced levels of clinical judgment and scholarship into nursing and leadership.
  2. Appraise scientific knowledge, as well as new and current approaches in nursing practice and leadership to promote optimal outcomes.
  3. Examine leadership in organizations and systems to assure quality care delivery models.
  4. Design, deliver, direct and disseminate evidence-based practices.
  5. Evaluate programs, health care delivery systems and outcomes using information systems.
  6. Advocate for health care practice change through policy development and evaluation.
  7. Assume appropriate leadership roles for effective interprofessional collaboration to achieve optimal outcomes.
  8. Combine ethical principles with decision making processes in health care practices and systems.
  9. Integrate advanced clinical reasoning and judgment in the management of complex clinical situations and systems.

Admission Criteria

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Clinical: MSN degree in nursing and 500 practice hours.
  • Leadership:  BSN and a master’s degree in health administration, leadership, or other area of study approved by the dean or graduate committee.
  • Graduated from regionally accredited colleges/universities, and nursing programs are accredited by ACEN, CNEA or CCNE.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.2/4.0
  • Curriculum vitae. Include publications if applicable.
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license (and unencumbered advanced practice license, if applicable) from the state where currently licensed.
  • Evidence of certification as an APN for DNP-C applicants.
  • Leadership: must show evidence of any practicum hours completed for master’s degree. If fewer than 500 hours, then students must complete practicum hours during the doctoral program to attain the 1,000 practicum hours required for graduation or show evidence of current management/leadership certification from American Organization for Nursing Leadership or ANCC.
  • A 750 - 1,000 word typed essay detailing professional and educational goals.
  • Evidence of one year professional nursing experience preferred.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are able to speak of the applicant’s ability to undertake doctoral study; it is preferred one of these letters be from a nursing faculty or academic advisor and one from a former employer.
  • College may request to interview applicant.