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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.

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Post-Graduate DNP | Online

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FAST FACTS: Post-Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • A DNP for those with a Master's in Nursing
  • This program offers a curriculum focusing on leadership skills and change management
  • Online courses with on-campus presentation of clinical project proposal and final project.
  • Two year completion track*
  • 32 total program credits

Tuition: $880/credit*

* 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.

Leadership skills that are in demand. The flexibility that you demand.

The Post-Graduate 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.

This program builds upon the knowledge and experience you have gained as an advanced practice nurse. If you do not yet hold advanced-practice certification, see our BS to DNP program.

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 an online format with minimal on-campus visits to make our program accessible to nurses who are working professionals who may not live in the Duluth, MN  area. 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).


Board approved

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.

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  • Portrait of ken McRae

    "The College of St. Scholastica's Post-Graduate DNP program prepared me to enter the workforce with solid skills in quality improvement, systems change and the ability to provide safe evidence-based care. Foundational theory and clinical project courses taught me to be an innovative leader."

    – Ken McRae, DNP, RN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, NP-C, APRN, CNP, '18