MA Holistic Health Studies - DNP

Program Description

The Holistic Nursing Leader (HNL): Dual Degree option prepares individuals with baccalaureate degrees in nursing to assume practice and leadership positions as doctoral prepared nurses. The HNL Program builds upon the student’s previous educational preparation at the baccalaureate level and provides a robust, interprofessional curriculum in holistic health and advanced practice nursing. Upon successfully completing this rigorous academic program of graduate study, graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Holistic Health Studies (MAHS) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Consistent with the mission of the Department of Nursing, Holistic Health Studies, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, and the Graduate College at St. Catherine University, these graduates will be prepared to assume practice and leadership roles in healthcare organizations and systems.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 72 credits. The overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Students in the DNP program complete a systems change project prior to graduation.

Years to Complete the Program

Students are expected to complete the DNP Program within seven years of initial enrollment.


HHS 6700Foundations of Holistic Health and Wellness2
HHS 6720Complementary/Alternative Approaches to Healthcare2
HHS 6730Culture as a Resource in Health and Healing2
HHS 6740Spiritual Wellness2
HHS 6760Ecology and Health2
HHS 6820Movement, Relaxation and Health2
HHS 7500Core Concepts in Mind/Body Interactions2
HHS 7520Women and Holistic Health2
HHS 7620Organizing for Social Change2
HHS 7710Alternative Approaches to Nutrition2
HHS 8900Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Mindful Inquiry3
HHS 8920Practicum and Integrative Seminar2
HHS 8940Research Methods and Statistics3
HHS 8980Research Seminar2
HLTH 6010Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I3
NURS 6012Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics 12
NURS 7463Quality and Safety Outcomes in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 8500Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing4
NURS 8501DNP Practicum1
NURS 8502DNP Practicum1
NURS 8503DNP Practicum1
NURS 8511DNP as Change Agent2
NURS 8512Nursing and Social Justice2
NURS 8513Interprofessional Practice2
NURS 8514DNP Practicum1
NURS 8520Advanced Evidence-based Practice4
NURS 8525Advanced Informatics2
NURS 8535Leadership in Organizations and Systems: Implications for Practice3
NURS 8536Healthcare Economics and Finance3
NURS 8540Health Care: Power, Policy and Politics4
NURS 8600DNP Project 24
Total Credits72