This program prepares graduates to lead at the highest level of advanced nursing practice.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the terminal academic preparation for patient-focused advanced nursing practice. The post-master's DNP is designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions where they can create transformative change to improve the health and health care outcomes of individuals, families, groups and populations. This program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice along with evidence-based practice utilization to meet the demands impacting quality patient care delivery, patient outcomes, and systems management.
The DNP curriculum includes courses in evidence-based practice, health care policy, leadership theory, epidemiology, and nursing informatics.
The program's part-time, blended-course format provides the professional working student the opportunity to maintain full-time employment while earning a degree. Students enroll in two, concurrent 10-week courses each semester. During the semester, each course meets twice on campus, with the remainder of classes delivered online. The DNP program begins in the fall, and is offered over 6 semesters, with summers off.
The DNP practicum experience and a capstone project are the culminating pieces which use evidence-based research for creating change in an organization. In these courses, students will collaborate with experts in health care organizations and apply the knowledge learned throughout their curriculum. View the admission requirements for this program.
News and Updates
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Site Visit - Third Party Comments
The Graduate Nursing Department at the College of Mount St. Joseph will host a site visit for the evaluation of the Doctor of Nursing Program January 29-31, 2014.
Current students, college alumni, health care professionals and other interested parties are invited to provide written comments to CCNE by December 30, 2013.
Written comments from third parties are considered by the visit team during the evaluation visit as they relate to accreditation standards. Comments should address substantive matters related to the quality of the College of Mount St. Joseph or its DNP program.
Comments must include your name, address and telephone number.
All comments should be directed to Catherine Sneed, Accreditation Coordinator at:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Stay up to date with the most recent nursing program news and events; visit the department of nursing page.
Program Director MSN/DNP