The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the College of Saint Scholastica prepares future nursing leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead health care change and advance population health at the highest levels of nursing practice. The Department of Graduate Nursing offers two DNP degree options: Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSDNP) and a Post-Graduate DNP.
The Post-Graduate DNP is for students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters degree in nursing, or a related field. Requirements include online courses with synchronous and asynchronous webinars. Candidates for the DNP degree at CSS complete 500 practice hours related to the DNP Essentials. Practice hours align with the scholarly doctorate project and individual professional goals in leadership, diversity, business, policy, information technology, and population health. The program can be completed in 4 full-time semesters.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate, the graduate will be able to:
- 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.
- Apply skills in leadership on interprofessional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes, particularly among rural and underserved.
Students must achieve the following program requirements for all courses listed under Program Requirements and Program Required Courses for the Post Graduate Healthcare Leadership D.N.P.
Major Credits: 34-39
DNP Practicum Hours: 1000
To graduate from the College of St. Scholastica, graduate students must meet the following minimum degree requirements.
Minimum GPA: 3.0