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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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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.

Post-Graduate DNP | Online

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New four-semester format

FAST FACTS: Post-Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • 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

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.

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

The Post-Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice provides nurses with the leadership, change management and systems design knowledge necessary to be a leader in the healthcare industry.

This program is a perfect fit for nurse executives and nurse educators, not only APRNs. This professional, flexible program is perfect for the working nurse.

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 optional on-campus visits to make our program accessible to nurses who are working professionals who may not live in the Duluth, MN  area.

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.


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