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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. 

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Post-Master's DNP | Online

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Program expansion in Arizona

Post-Master's DNP is now offered in Phoenix, AZ! Learn more.

FAST FACTS: Post-Master's 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 defense of clinical project proposal and final project.
  • Two year completion track*
  • 32 total program credits

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.

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

The post-master's 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. Our program has a particular emphasis on rural healthcare and the unique needs of rural healthcare systems.

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

Our curriculum focuses on the following:

  • Scientific underpinnings for practice
  • Organizational and system leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  • Information system/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  • Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  • Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health

Career outlook

As heathcare 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, have worked to eliminate the barriers to autonomous practice, something called for in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report.


We now offer the Post-Master's 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 Lisa Aguilar, campus manager/admissions counselor at (480) 620-6241 or, for more information. 

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Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Recruitment Counselor, Graduate & Extended Studies
(877) 287-8719


Lisa AguilarLisa Aguilar
Campus Manager/Admissions

(480) 620-6241