FAST FACTS: Post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2014-2015 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on each person's transfer credits and individualized program plan.
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice provides advanced practice nurses with the leadership, change management and systems design knowledge necessary to be a leader in the healthcare industry. Our program has a particular emphasis on rural healthcare and the unique needs of rural healthcare systems.
This program builds upon the training and experience you have gained as an advanced practice nurse. If you do not yet hold advanced-practice certification, see our B.S. to DNP program.
Our curriculum focuses on the following:
As heathcare costs continue to increase, DNPs and other advanced practice nurses are taking the place of other medical professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that all types of advanced practice nurses will be in high demand, particularly in rural and inner city areas.
By 2015, the DNP will be the entry-level degree for advanced practice nurses. By completing your DNP degree now, you'll be prepared and credentialed for where nursing is headed.
In addition, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) at St. Scholastica, like others across the country, are working to eliminate the barriers to autonomous practice, something called for in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report.