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.

HLTH 6010Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I3
INDI 8515Outcome Evaluation1
NURS 6012Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics 12
NURS 6070Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners3
NURS 6135Health Promotion in Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology3
NURS 6140Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan2
NURS 6160Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
NURS 6223Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan3
NURS 6270Procedures and Diagnostics in Primary Care1
NURS 6321Preparation for Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice: Adults and Older Adults1
NURS 6420Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults3
NURS 6425Primary Care Clinical I: Common, Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults3
NURS 7420Primary Care II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults3
NURS 7425Primary Care Clinical II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults3
NURS 7820Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults3
NURS XXXXPrimary Care Clinical III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Adults and Older Adults3
NURS 7463Quality and Safety Outcomes in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 8500Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing4
NURS XXXXTransition to Advanced Practice1
NURS 8520Advanced Evidence-based Practice4
NURS 8525Advanced Informatics2
NURS XXXXDoctoral Clinical Practicum I3
NURS XXXXDoctoral Clinical Practicum II3
NURS 8535Leadership in Organizations and Systems: Implications for Practice3
NURS 8536Healthcare Economics and Finance3
NURS 8540Health Care: Power, Policy and Politics4
NURS 8600DNP Project4
Total Credits74