Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP Testimonial Video

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 an  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

Distance Education Student Eligibility by State:

All applicants are welcome to apply. However, due to restrictions on distance education imposed by individual states, the College cannot accept students that are residents of the following states (11-25-20).

Alabama

Alaska

Arkansas- curriculum may not prepare you for licensure in AK

Arizona

California-curriculum may not prepare you for licensure in CA

Colorado

District of Columbia

Georgia

Idaho

Kansas- curriculum may not prepare you for licensure in KS

Louisiana

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New Mexico

North Dakota

New York

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Tennessee

Utah

Washington

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

The College has met state specific distance education requirements and has been given permission by the Board of Higher Education to provide this Post Masters DNP education to students in all states except the ones in the table above. Students can contact the State Board of Nursing for further information. See below for addresses.

Your state not listed or other questions? If you are a potential out of state applicant and you do not see your state listed above or if you have other questions, please contact the Graduate Dean at (309) 655-2230 to determine the College’s authorization to offer distance education in your home state.

State

State Board of Nursing Web Address

Alabama

www.abn.alabama.gov

Alaska

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/professionallicensing/boardofnursing.aspx

Arizona

https://www.azbn.gov/

Arkansas

http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/

California

www.rn.ca.gov/

Colorado

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Nursing

Connecticut

http://www.ct.gov/dph/site/default.asp

Delaware

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/

Florida

http://floridasnursing.gov/

Georgia

https://www.ncsbn.org/Georgia.htm

Hawaii

https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/nursing/

Idaho

http://ibn.idaho.gov/IBNPortal/

Illinois

http://nursing.illinois.gov/ - Meets APN licensure requirements.

Indiana

http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm

Iowa

https://nursing.iowa.gov/

Kansas

http://www.ksbn.org/

Kentucky

https://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/

Maine

http://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing

Maryland

http://mbon.maryland.gov

Massachusetts

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-in-nursing

Michigan

http://www.msbn.ms.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

Minnesota

http://mn.gov/boards/nursing/  - Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist students only

Mississippi

https://www.msbn.ms.gov/

Missouri

http://www.pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp

Montana

https://www.ncsbn.org/Montana.htm

Nebraska

http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_nursingindex.aspx

Nevada

http://nevadanursingboard.org/

New Hampshire

http://www.nh.gov/nursing/

New Jersey

https://www.ncsbn.org/New%20Jersey.htm

New Mexico

https://nmbon.sks.com/

New York

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/

North Carolina

https://www.ncbon.com/

North Dakota

https://www.ndbon.org/

Ohio

http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/

Oklahoma

https://www.ok.gov/nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students only

Oregon

https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania

http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx#.Vh-s6k8U_cs

Rhode Island

http://www.health.ri.gov/for/nurses

South Carolina

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing

South Dakota

https://doh.sd.gov/boards/Nursing/

Tennessee

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/nursing-board.html

Texas

https://www.bon.texas.gov/

Utah

https://dopl.utah.gov/nurse/index.html

Vermont

https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation.aspx

Virginia

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing

Washington

http://www.doh.wa.gov/

West Virginia

http://www.wvrnboard.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Wisconsin

https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/RulesStatutes/Nursing.aspx

Wyoming

https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/

  1. Please send the following to the Admissions Office:
    1. Complete Application for Admission
      Priority Date - Priority acceptance is given to completed application materials received by April 1st for fall semester and Oct. 1st for spring semester, although applications are accepted all year round.
    2. Pay nonrefundable $50.00 application fee.
    3. Request that the registration office of all higher education institutions previously attended send an official transcript directly to the Admissions Office. Please note that we must receive an official transcript from every institution, even if transfer credit from that institution appears on the transcript of another institution.
    4. The DNP-Clinical must show evidence of an earned Master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE, and regionally accredited.
    5. The DNP-Clinical must show evidence of 500 practice hours. A form for verification will be sent following admission to the College.
    6. The DNP-Leadership applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE, and regionally accredited as well as a master’s degree in health administration, leadership, or other master’s degree approved by the Dean of the Graduate Program or the Graduate Committee. The Master’s degree must also be from a regionally accredited program.
    7. The DNP-Leadership applicant must show evidence of practicum hours completed for the master’s degree. If fewer than 500 hours were completed, then the student is required to add practicum hours during the doctoral program to complete the required 1000 practicum hours or show evidence of current management/leadership certification from American Organization for Nursing Leadership (formerly AONE) or ANCC.
    8. Grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
    9. Curriculum vitae with publications listed (if applicable)
    10. Copy of current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse (for DNP-Clinical option) in state where currently practicing.
    11. The DNP-Clinical applicant must provide evidence of certification in an advanced specialty.
    12. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to the applicant’s ability to undertake doctoral study. One letter from a nursing faculty from the student’s master’s education is preferred. The references providing the recommendations are to mail their letters directly to the Admissions Office/Graduate Program (SFMC CON, 511 NE Greenleaf St., Peoria, IL 61603)
    13. A 750 – 1,000 word typed essay outlining goals, objectives and focused area of interest. (See last page for instructions.)
    14. Evidence of one year of professional nursing experience preferred.
    15. An interview may be requested by the College.
  2. When all the above documentation has been received in the Admissions Office and evaluated, you will receive a letter from the College of Nursing confirming your admission status.
  3. Checklist:
    1. Application
    2. $50.00 application fee
    3. Transcripts
    4. Three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the College
    5. Curriculum Vitae
    6. Copy of RN license and APN license, if applicable
    7. Copy of certification (if applicable)
    8. Admission essay