Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

The 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 evidenced based practice, information systems/technology, health care policy for advocacy in health care, inter-professional collaboration, clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health and education and advanced nursing practice

Program Objectives

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. Adapt appropriate leadership roles for effective transdisciplinary 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.

Program Options

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

Online Classes

The DNP Program is a distance education 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.

Faculty conduct both synchronous and asynchronous sessions using different technologies, such as Skype and Adobe Connect. Students do not need to come to campus.

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.
  • 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 their master’s degree.  If fewer than 500 hours, then students must complete practicum hours during the doctoral program to complete 1,000 practicum hours required for graduation or show evidence of current AONE Certification.
  • A 750 - 1,000 word typed essay detailing professional and educational goals.
  • Evidence of one year professional nursing experience preferred.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who are able to speak of the applicant’s ability to undertake doctoral study; one (1) from a nursing faculty or academic advisor and one from a former employer are preferred.
  • College may request to interview applicant.