Nurse Practitioner DNP with M.S. in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program with Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.) conferred along the way is a full-time doctoral program for registered nurses (RN) with a baccalaureate degree in nursing who desire to become nurse practitioners. Consistent with the mission statements of the Department of Nursing, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, and the Graduate College at St. Catherine University, the Nurse Practitioner DNP Program educates nurse practitioners to lead and influence health care as doctoral-prepared experts in advanced nursing practice.
The Nurse Practitioner DNP Program begins with an emphasis on nurse practitioner practice. Students will complete their clinical experiences and earn an M.S. which allows them to sit for the national certification examination in their selected specialty area. Students will continue course work grounded in a commitment to critical inquiry, innovation, ethical leadership, social justice, and a holistic view of the person and designed to prepare scholar practitioners who lead and influence, advocate for justice, honor diverse and global perspectives, and demonstrate expertise in their area of study.
Why the DNP?
The M.S. Nurse Practitioner program at St. Catherine University is over 25 years old and was the first NP program in Minnesota. Our graduates have a long and successful history of providing excellent primary care to pediatric and adult-gerontology populations, especially the most vulnerable populations in Minnesota and throughout the country. Dynamic changes in the role of the nurse practitioner and the need for nurses to earn higher degrees support the need to transform the M.S. Nurse Practitioner program to a DNP program. Conferring the M.S. halfway through the program allows the student to sit for the national certification examination and begin to practice as a certified nurse practitioner while completing the remainder of the program.
Years to Complete the Program
Students are expected to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program with Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.) within seven years of initial enrollment.
|HLTH 6010||Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I||3|
|INDI 8515||Outcome Evaluation||1|
|NURS 6012||Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics 1||2|
|NURS 6070||Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners||3|
|NURS 6135||Health Promotion in Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology||3|
|NURS 6140||Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan||2|
|NURS 6160||Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan||3|
|NURS 6223||Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan||3|
|NURS 6270||Procedures and Diagnostics in Primary Care||1|
|NURS 6321||Preparation for Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice: Adults and Older Adults||1|
|NURS 6420||Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults||3|
|NURS 6425||Primary Care Clinical I: Common, Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults||3|
|NURS 7420||Primary Care II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults||3|
|NURS 7425||Primary Care Clinical II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults||3|
|NURS 7820||Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults||3|
|NURS XXXX||Primary Care Clinical III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Adults and Older Adults||3|
|NURS 7463||Quality and Safety Outcomes in Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 8500||Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing||4|
|NURS XXXX||Transition to Advanced Practice||1|
|NURS 8520||Advanced Evidence-based Practice||4|
|NURS 8525||Advanced Informatics||2|
|NURS XXXX||Doctoral Clinical Practicum I||3|
|NURS XXXX||Doctoral Clinical Practicum II||3|
|NURS 8535||Leadership in Organizations and Systems: Implications for Practice||3|
|NURS 8536||Healthcare Economics and Finance||3|
|NURS 8540||Health Care: Power, Policy and Politics||4|
|NURS 8600||DNP Project||4|
NURS 6012 is a prerequisite course taken only by students with no prior course work in nursing informatics.