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The College of St. Scholastica

Flexible Format

We understand that you can’t always take a couple of years off from work to go back to school. This professional, flexible program is perfect for the working nurse. That’s why we’ve developed a curriculum that combines an online format with optional on-campus visits to make our program accessible to nurses who are working professionals who may not live in the Duluth, MN area.

Fast Facts

  • Curriculum focusing on leadership skills and change management
  • Open to master’s prepared nurses from a variety of backgrounds
  • Four-semester completion track with part-time option
  • 100% online with optional on-campus seminars
  • A U.S. News & World Report ranked Best Nursing School
  • 34 total program credits

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Degree Details

Tuition

Tuition: $899/credit*


* Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 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.

Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum builds upon outcomes of the current master’s curriculum to incorporate the essential elements not met in the master’s program. Outcomes of the post-graduate program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies:

  • Synthesize knowledge and apply evidence-based research from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing practice across the lifespan
  • Implement roles of advanced nursing practice responsive to changing social, economic, political, technological and environmental conditions
  • Develop skills in leadership on interprofessional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes, particularly among rural and underserved

Program Length

Four-semester completion track with part-time option.

On-campus Component

100% online with optional on-campus seminars.

Curriculum

Required Courses

HIF 6010 – Foundations Health Informatics

An introduction to the US healthcare system and the role of informatics. Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information technology applications used by healthcare professionals. The course will cover the history of the field, an introduction to clinical data, electronic health records, decision support systems, computerized order entry, and consumer applications.

NSG 8110 – Introduction to the DNP

Provides a framework for DNP-prepared nurses to play a leading role in health care transformation, as well as the tools to make those changes. Topics covered during the course include nursing science and theory, evidence-based practice, leadership and interprofessional collaboration, nursing informatics, scholarly writing to promote change, emerging DNP roles such as the nurse educator, and the development of the DNP scholarly project. Provides students with the foundation necessary to enter into the highest level of advanced practice nursing and develop that practice for the benefit of both their patients and the health of the country and world.

NSG 8201 – Clinical Project I

Integrate knowledge required to design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based clinical practice change and/or healthcare system change that will positively impact population health. Students critically review literature and appraise evidence related to a clinical problem of interest and perform a needs assessment and organizational analysis of a potential project site. Clinical Experience Description: Provides the opportunity for students to obtain 150 hours towards the AACN requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience. Students will integrate the DNP role through a variety of clinical practice experiences that meet the AACN Essentials. Clinical experiences align to individual professional goals in areas of leadership, business, policy, information technology, education, population health, and DNP project preparation.

NSG 8206 – Clinical Project II

Integrates knowledge required to design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based clinical practice change and/or healthcare system change that will positively impact population health. This course focuses on the development of project methodology, implementation, and evaluation plans. Students will apply principles of outcomes research while refining, developing, completing, and defending the DNP clinical project proposal. The successfully defended proposal is followed by IRB application. Implementation of the project begins following IRB approval. Clinical Experience Description: Provides an opportunity for students to obtain 150 hours towards the AACN requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience. Students will integrate the DNP role through a variety of clinical practice experiences related to the AACN Essentials. Clinical experiences align to individual professional goals in areas of leadership, business, policy, information technology, education, population health, and DNP project preparation.

NSG 8207 – Clinical Project III

Focuses on continued implementation, evaluation, completion, and final defense of an evidence-based clinical practice change and/or healthcare system change to positively impact population health. Students complete implementation and evaluation, analyze data, organize findings, and disseminate results in manuscript or poster format and in a podium presentation at a departmental project symposium. Students work independently under the guidance of a faculty chair, project team member, and agency sponsor to complete the final DNP project. Clinical Experience Description: Provides an opportunity for students to obtain 150 hours towards the AACN requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate hours of mentored clinical and/or organizational leadership experience. Students will integrate the DNP role through a variety of clinical and/or organizational leadership experiences related to AACN Essentials. Clinical experiences align to individual professional goals in areas of leadership, business, policy, information technology, education, population health, and DNP project completion.

NSG 8213 – Evidence Based Practice & Health Outcomes

Prepares students with foundational skills and competencies for practice inquiry and the critical appraisal of evidence to improve health quality, safety, and outcomes. Emphasizes the essential elements of evidence-based practice, including formatting clinical questions in advanced practice nursing roles, searching and appraising evidence, integrating evidence into practice, and evaluating outcomes. Includes applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice problems.

NSG 8323 – Quality Improvement

Examines the fundamental concepts of quality improvement (QI) and the role QI has on the quality and safety of health care systems and patient outcomes. Explores methods, models, and tools used to evaluate practice variation and minimize risk of harm.

NSG 8660 – Leadership in Health Care: Organizational Innovations

Integrates organizational and management theories within the context of change management processes and applies them to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. Analyzes the role of the advanced practice nurse at various levels of management and emphasizes the requisite core abilities of the DNP-prepared APRN. Investigates factors that affect dynamic changes in the health care system including delivery of nursing care.

NSG 8673 – Epidemiology and Population Health

Introduces concepts related to epidemiology and population health relevant to advanced nursing practice. Explores population-based health care principles of prevention, health maintenance and health promotion.

NSG 8674 – Biostatistics for the DNP

Provides an overview of biostatistical methods used by clinical practitioners to enhance the quality of healthcare practice. Focus is on common study designs in research used in evidence-based practice. Students will demonstrate an understanding of statistical principles, their use in assessing published practice evidence. Students will also gain knowledge on how to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to explore, analyze and disseminate health data.

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 see an increase in employment, of up to 45% within the next 10 years.

Accreditation

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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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.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the May 2022 cohort open in NursingCAS on Aug. 12. Priority deadline: Dec. 15, final deadline: Feb. 15.

Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BS, BSN) in Nursing
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which clinicals will occur
  • Master of Science (MS) with a nursing focus, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Master in Nursing (MN) from an accredited nursing program. Applicants may apply pending completion of the master’s degree; degree conferral must be received prior to the start of the program.

Transcripts

  • All official transcripts
  • If you have previously attended CSS you must request your transcripts to be sent to Nursing CAS.  Please contact OneStop Student Services
  • No high school transcripts are required

Online Application

The following requirements will be required in the online Nursing CAS application. Please carefully review all the instructions prior to beginning your application. No items should be sent directly to CSS.

Visit www.nursingcas.liaisoncas.org/apply and select Summer 2021 for your term. Then click APPLY.

A complete NursingCAS application includes:

  1. All official transcripts
    1. If you have previously attended CSS you must request your transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS. Please contact OneStop Student Services.
    2. No high school transcripts are required
  2. Essay upload
    The Four Essay Questions should be answered in two to three paragraphs and are as follows:

    • The College of St. Scholastica is founded on Benedictine values. Describe the connection between the Benedictine Values and the DNP role.
    • Provide a brief example of a professional ethical challenge you faced in your clinical practice and how you addressed it.
    • Plagiarism has become a concern in academics in the last several decades with the advent of easily accessible internet resources. Discuss your understanding of what constitutes plagiarism, what is acceptable fair use, and how plagiarism can be an issue for the DNP.
    • Group work and working in interprofessional teams are common for the DNP/ APRN student and professional DNP/APRNs. Provide an example of how you work in a team.
  3. Additional requirement: Resume

Accepted Students

Upon acceptance into the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program students will need to:

  • Submit $750 non-refundable deposit and Decision Response Form
  • Provide immunization records
  • Annually submit proof of coverage by professional liability insurance ($3 million for each occurrence) and nurse practitioner (NP)  students must carry NP student liability
  • Meet specific health requirements of the School of Nursing:
    1. Physical examination by a licensed healthcare provider
    2. Annual Mantoux test or chest x-ray
  • Annually pass a state-mandated criminal background check for all Minnesota nursing students prior to first week of classes
  • Submit a licensure number and State (to be current and on file at all times)
  • Submit a copy of current CPR certification (to be current and on file at all times)

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.