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Certification exam

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.

Accreditation

CCNE SealThe baccalaureate degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 540 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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MOOC: Ethical Leadership

FAST FACTS: Bachelor's to Doctor of Nursing Practice ·        

  • A DNP degree for those with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor's degree in Nursing
  • The DNP offers three specialties: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Family Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Three locations: Duluth and St. Cloud, Minn. and Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Online with minimal on-campus requirements. This program can be completed in 4 years
  • Program credits: 79-83, depending on choice of specialty

Tuition: $838/credit*


* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 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.

Why Choose a DNP Degree?

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.

For more than 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, has expanded to the greater Phoenix area to offer our signature Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to help meet the growing demand for advanced practice registered nurses in Arizona.

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.

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 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 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 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).

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Board approved

The College of St. Scholastica Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner Programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the Arizona Board of Nursing.

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  • "The College of St. Scholastica has turned my goal of becoming a Doctorate of Nursing Practice into reality. The part-time online curriculum tailors towards my learning style and grants me autonomy in my everyday life. Through collaboration, my classmates and I look forward to accomplishing our goals together."

    – Kelly Frasier, '17

  • 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 

 

Contact Us

Duluth

Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8719
coppelt@css.edu


Arizona

Lisa AguilarLisa Aguilar
Campus Manager/Admissions
Counselor

(480) 620-6241
laguilar@css.edu


St. Cloud

Katie WayneKatie Wayne
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8740
kwayne@css.edu