Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nurse Practice

Preparation for advanced practice nursing

The DNP program is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice curriculum guidelines (AACN, 2006), and reflects a multidisciplinary design incorporating appropriate graduate level courses from other disciplines.

This program guides Registered Nurses and APN professionals as they develop more complex leadership skills within organizational and systems levels of practice. Furthermore, students learn to be change agents for improving health care outcomes, and focus on the following elements to do so: 

  1. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice 
  2. Organizational and System Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking 
  3. Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 
  4. Information System/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care 
  5. Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care 
  6. Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes 
  7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation's Health 
  8. Advanced Nursing Practice

Bachelor's to DNP option

The B.S. to DNP Program at The College of St. Scholastica educates professional nurses to be adult clinical nurse specialists, adult/geriatric nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, adult psychiatric nurse practitioners or family psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Doctoral-level courses are integrated throughout the advanced practice nursing curriculum and prepare the future DNP to expand their knowledge and practice options. Students can opt for a dual track of study by adding a gerontological specialization to any of the advanced practice tracks.

Format

The BS to DNP option is offered in a hybrid format consisting of online courses supplemented with minimal on-campus meetings. Students who wish to complete the program on a full-time basis should work no more than 0.6.

Post-master's DNP option

The Post-master's Program option (Post M.S.) for current advanced practice nurses. 

Format

The Post M.S. Program option is offered in an online format with a minimal on-campus requirement. This makes our DNP programs accessible to working students with busy lives. Students may opt to complete the program on full-time or part-time basis. It is recommended that students who choose the full-time option work no more than 0.6.

More information for . . .

Prospective Students | BS to DNP

Prospective Students | Post-master's DNP

Current Students

Carolyn Robinson, Chair

Science Center
Room 3110B
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

Accreditation

CCNE SealThe Doctor of Nursing Practice program at The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.