Nurse Practitioner DNP with M.S. in Nursing: Pediatrics

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program with Master of Science in Nursing 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  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, 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 was one of the first NP programs 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 supported 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 6010Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I3
INDI 8515Outcome Evaluation1
NURS 6012Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics 12
NURS 6125Health Promotion in Primary Care: Pediatric3
NURS 6140Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan2
NURS 6145Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners1
NURS 6160Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
NURS 6223Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan3
NURS 6270Procedures and Diagnostics in Primary Care1
NURS 6311Preparation for Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice: Pediatrics1
NURS 6410Primary Care I: Common and Acute Health Challenges in Pediatrics3
NURS 6415Primary Care Clinical I: Common and Acute Conditions in Pediatrics3
NURS 7410Primary Care II: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics3
NURS 7415Primary Care Clinical II: Immunologic and Infectious Challenges in Pediatrics3
NURS 7810Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics and Their Families3
NURS 7815Primary Care Clinical III: Chronic and Complex Conditions in Pediatrics and Families3
NURS 7900Evidence-Based Practice and Quality and Safety Outcomes in Health Care4
NURS 8105Transition to Advanced Nursing Practitioner Practice1
NURS 8110Foundations of Nurse Practitioner Practice I1
NURS 8120Foundations of Nurse Practitioner Practice II1
NURS 8500Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing4
NURS 8501DNP Practicum1
NURS 8502DNP Practicum1
NURS 8503DNP Practicum1
NURS 8511DNP as Change Agent2
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 Credits74