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.

Program Description

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 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.

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 on Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020

*Accreditation pending for Dual Degree and Secondary Certification options

Progression Policy

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

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