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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 practicum experience and DNP 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.

Doctoral Program Designed to Work around your Schedule and Needs

The part-time Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Health Systems Leadership  is designed to meet your professional and career needs in a flexible, dedicated, educational environment.

  • Complete program requires only six semesters, with classes beginning fall semester. You will enroll in two, concurrent 10-week courses each semester.
  • A blended learning format enables students to continue working while pursuing a degree. Students participate in two synchronous meetings that occur in real-time at the beginning and end of each semester with the remainder of the learning taking place via an interactive online environment. Students choose to attend the synchronous meetings via online video conferencing or by coming to campus, both options are offered.
  • Smaller class sizes provide more individualized learning and optimal professional opportunities.
  • Practicum experiences integrate knowledge learned in DNP course work and provide opportunities to collaborate with experts in health care organizations.
  • Proven cohort model allows you to establish lasting relationships with other students and professionals while providing the ongoing support you need to stay focused on achieving your degree.

Program Format:

This program offers the highest quality academic courses to address the eight DNP Essentials outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and includes courses in evidence-based practice, global health care policy, leadership theory, nursing informatics and epidemiology. In the final phases of the program you will complete practicum experiences and a DNP project related to your chosen area of specialty.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum*

Courses Include:

  • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Building Collaborative Relationships in Organizations
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Global Health Care Policy
  • Nursing Practicum I, II, and DNP Project
  • Strategic Management and Financial Controls of Health Care Organizations
  • Theoretical & Philosophical Perspectives for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Transforming Health Care through Technology

*Visit for the most current course requirements and descriptions.

Program Facilities

Click below to view our Nursing Skills Lab and other facilities and equipment at MSJ. 


Student Testimonial

A virtual celebration of nurse leaders honored our Mount DNP student Kathy Oliphant. Congratulations nurse leader Kathy Oliphant MSN, RN, CNL, NEW-BC! Kathy has been a nurse for 39 years.

She has held positions ranging from staff nurse, nurse manager, director of nursing, adjunct faculty, and most recently population health manager. Kathy is a highly visible, business-savvy, and transformational leader with a passion for generating results through people, innovative approaches, and teamwork at the Cleveland Clinic, TriHealth, and Lumeris.

Kathy has proven expertise in creating a positive professional practice environment with an emphasis on high-quality care and patient safety, as evidenced by successful Magnet Hospital designation, staff recruitment and retention, employee engagement, and improved patient experience across the care continuum. She is viewed as a leader among her current DNP cohort and exemplifies the highest standards for nursing professional practice.


2021 DNP Graduates' Projects 

Please click on the following link to see our 2021 DNP Graduates' Projects


Mount St. Joseph University is authorized to offer nursing degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctorate levels by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The University receives its regional accreditation from:

     The Higher Learning Commission 
     230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
     Chicago, IL 60604

To learn more, contact: Higher Learning Commission.
Copies of the University’s accreditation can be obtained through the Office of the President.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Magelin pre-licensure programs at Mount St. Joseph University are approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (Certificate of Approval)* Ohio Board of Nursing 17 South High Street Suite 400 Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410 614-466-3947 FAX: 614-466-0388

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Mount St. Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(