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CCNE SealThe Baccalaureate and DNP programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. 

Top Nursing School

We're proud to have been recognized by Nursing Schools Almanac as one of the top nursing schools in the Plains region as well as one of the top private nursing schools in the country.

Bachelor's to DNP

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Program expansion in Arizona

B.S. to DNP is now offered in Phoenix, AZ! Learn more.

FAST FACTS: Bachelor's to Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Integration of doctoral-level courses throughout the curriculum
  • The DNP offers three specialties: Adult-Gerontology; Family Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Online with on-campus requirements. Four-year cohort*
  • 79-83 total program credits (depending on choice of specialty)

Tuition: $810/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2016-17 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Improving patient outcomes and your career

Advanced-practice nurses are highly trained and highly skilled nurses who often serve as a primary care providers, particularly in areas that are medically underserved, such as inner cities and rural areas.

For over 100 years, The College of St. Scholastica has been preparing nurses for successful careers in healthcare. Now, our School of Nursing, one of the largest in Minnesota, is expanding to Phoenix to offer our signature Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to help meet the growing demand for advanced practice nurses in Arizona.

Our program focuses on nursing leadership in both rural and urban areas where the need is the greatest. We're also dedicated to training our graduates in the use of telecommunications technology that can provide access to health professionals in areas that would otherwise not have coverage.

Flexible format

We understand that you can't always take a couple of years off from work to go back to school. That's why we've worked hard to develop a curriculum that combines online and face-to-face courses to make our program accessible to nurses who are working professionals who may not live in the Duluth and St. Cloud, MN and Phoenix, AZ areas. Whenever possible, clinical experiences are arranged at appropriate sites near the student's home.

Career outlook

As healthcare 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.

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.


We now offer the B.S. to DNP in Phoenix, AZ. Just like our Duluth and St. Cloud, MN locations, the program will be offered primarily online with monthly face-to-face meetings and clinical sites throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Contact Chad Oppelt, admissions counselor at (877) 287-8719 or, for more information. 

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Haley Stellmacher

"My education has impacted me more than I ever anticipated, and my courses have taught me not only how to make organizational changes for the better, but how to lead them."

– Haley Stellmacher 

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Duluth & Arizona

Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8719

St. Cloud

Katie WayneKatie Wayne
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8740