After completion of the DNP degree or Post-Master's Certificate, students are eligible to take the national certification examination in their Nurse Practitioner population focus of Family/Individual across the Lifespan, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, or Psychiatric Mental Health. Further Information about the certification exams is available at the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board websites.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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.
FAST FACTS: Bachelor's to Doctor of Nursing Practice
* Tuition rates are for the 2019-20 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. View 2018-19 tuition rates.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are experts in specialized areas of practice along with expanded responsibility and accountability to care and manage individuals and families. The DNP is the highest practice degree. Nurses who obtain a DNP degree are prepared to use quality improvement strategies to develop, implement, and sustain changes at organization and policy levels; use organization and systems leadership to improve health outcomes and patient safety; advocate for health care policy focused on social justice and equity; The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) guides the curriculum and reflects an inter-disciplinary design.
Our DNP degree focuses on nursing practice and leadership in both rural and urban underserved areas, where the need is the greatest. We're also dedicated to providing opportunities to our students in the use of telecommunications technology, which can provide access to health professionals in areas that would otherwise not have coverage.
Our program offers three specialties with the option to add an additional four courses to obtain an emphasis in gerontology.
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 developed 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 areas. Whenever possible, clinical experiences are arranged at appropriate sites near the student's home.
As healthcare costs continue to increase, DNPs and other advanced-practice nurses are able to transform practice by implementing innovative strategies that improve health care systems and patient outcomes while reducing cost (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that all types of advanced practice registered 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, which has which has been called for in the Future of Nursing report by the Institute of Medicine (2013).
The College of St. Scholastica's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and APRN Certificate programs are approved as advanced practice nursing programs by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.