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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

The mission of the Department of Graduate Nursing is to prepare nurse practitioners to provide quality, evidence-based care to improve the health care outcomes of individuals, families, communities and populations, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

General Information:
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) guidelines. This program is designed to guide professionals in the development of a higher level of at the organizational and systems level of practice as change agents for improving health care outcomes that focus on the following essential elements:
I. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
II. Organizational and System Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
III. Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
IV. Information System/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
V. Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
VI. Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
VII. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation's Health
VIII. Advanced Nursing Practice

The Department of Graduate Nursing offers two DNP degree options: The Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BS to DNP) program and the Post-Graduate DNP program.

The BS to DNP program at The College of St. Scholastica educates professional nurses for advanced practice in nursing as adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Doctoral-level courses are integrated throughout the advanced practice nursing curriculum and prepare the future DNP to expand their knowledge and practice options. The BS to DNP is completed in 4 years and offered in a hybrid format consisting of online courses supplemented with minimal on-campus meetings. Students should not work more than 0.6 FTE to allow time for their studies and doctoral project responsibilities.

The Post-Graduate DNP program provides advanced practice nurses with the leadership, change management, and systems design knowledge necessary to be a leader in the healthcare industry. The Post-Graduate DNP is designed to be completed in 2 years.

Learning outcomes:
Expected outcomes of the program are designed to prepare graduates who will:

1. Synthesize knowledge and apply evidence-based research from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing practice across the lifespan.
2. Implement roles of advanced nursing practice responsive to changing social, economic, political, technological, and environmental conditions.
3. Develop skills in leadership on inter-professional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes, particularly among rural and underserved.

Admission Requirements for BS to DNP program
Admission Requirements for Post-Graduate DNP program

Interim Co-Chairs, Department of Graduate Nursing
Christopher P. Kemnitz, PhD, RN
Kristiana Holmes, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Interim Dean, School of Nursing
Sheryl Sandahl, DNP, APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC, MPH