Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in the School of Nursing (SoN) at St. Catherine University is a full-time doctoral program for registered nurses (RNs) who seek a practice-focused doctorate degree. The SoN at St. Catherine University, a comprehensive, Catholic, liberal arts university that is inspired by a mission that "educates students to lead and influence” in baccalaureate, master’s, and clinical doctoral programs to be leaders in nursing.
Offering several unique and innovative options for students to select from, the DNP program prepares students in ethical leadership, social justice, interprofessional collaboration to improve population health, the knowledge of the discipline of nursing, informatics, evidence-based practice, organizational systems, healthcare economics, and health policy. Hybrid courses meet the needs of the working adult, providing flexible learning experiences in the classroom and practicum settings.
Post Master's DNP:
- Traditional Post Master's DNP
- Secondary Nurse Practitioner Certification/Post Master's DNP
- Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing: Pediatrics*
- Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology*
Upon completion, students are prepared to improve healthcare outcomes among populations using evidence-based practice innovations, shape healthcare policy, implement changes in healthcare practice at the systems level, and demonstrate evidence-based decision making related to healthcare outcomes for individuals and populations.
*Please note that beginning in Fall 2023, our nurse practitioner programs of study will no longer confer the MSN along the way. All students starting in Fall 2023 or after will complete the DNP degree (3-year or 4-year options available).
Practice-Focused Doctoral Education
The DNP degree is championed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which has called for more highly educated nurses to meet the healthcare needs of a changing population.
Careers for DNP Graduates
DNPs can be expected to take on leadership roles in their specialty areas of practice, such as chief nursing executive, director of a primary care clinic, academic faculty or director of a system-wide quality improvement department. Additionally, DNPs are prepared and educated to practice in a variety of professional, academic and healthcare organizations.
The Post Master's DNP program is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
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Requirements to Remain in Good Standing
- B (3.0) or better in every course
- Adherence to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program student policies
Conditions for Probation
According to the DNP Student Policies, a Guided Improvement Plan is developed with students who do not meet the requirements to remain in good standing.
Removal from Probation
Students who satisfy the conditions of the written improvement plan, as determined by the faculty member, DNP Program Director and the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing are removed from probation.
Conditions for Program Dismissal
Students who do not satisfy the conditions of the Guided Improvement Plan, as determined by the faculty member, DNP Program Director, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing are dismissed from the program.
Admission requirements for the Post-Master’s DNP and DNP secondary certification options
- A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- A completed master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
- Graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a grade of not less than ‘B’ in every nursing course
- Two years of experience in nursing
- A current unencumbered RN nursing license
- Currently hold an advanced nursing position(s), such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse executive, nurse informaticist, or nurse educator
Admission requirements for the Nurse Practitioner DNP option
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Baccalaureate nursing program or comparable master's level program in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and no grade less than "B-" in every nursing course
- Two years of recent clinical practice in nursing as an RN
- A current unencumbered nursing license
Post Master's DNP
Nurse Practitioner DNP
- Nurse Practitioner DNP with Master of Science (M.S.N.) in Nursing: Pediatrics*
- Nurse Practitioner DNP with Master of Science (M.S.N.) in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology*
*Please note that beginning Fall 2023, our nurse practitioner programs of study will no longer confer the MSN along the way. All students starting in Fall 2023 or after will complete the DNP degree (3-year or 4-year options available).