Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

General Information

The DNP program is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) guidelines for the curriculum, and reflects a multidisciplinary design incorporating appropriate graduate level courses from other disciplines. This program is designed to guide Registered Nurses and APN professionals in the development of a higher level of leadership skill at the organizational and systems level of practice as change agents for improving health care outcomes that focus on the following essential elements:


I. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
II. Organizational and System Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
III. Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
IV. Information System/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
V. Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
VI. Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
VII. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation's Health
VIII. Advanced Nursing Practice


The College of St. Scholastica offers two DNP program options: The Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BS to DNP) program and the Post Master's DNP program.

The BS to DNP Program at The College of St. Scholastica educates professional nurses for advanced practice in nursing as adult/geriatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, adult psychiatric nurse practitioner or family psychiatric nurse practitioner. Doctoral-level courses are integrated throughout the advanced practice nursing curriculum and prepare the future DNP to expand their knowledge and practice options.  The BS to DNP option is offered in a hybrid format consisting of online courses supplemented with minimal on-campus meetings. Students should not work more than 0.6.

Learning outcomes:
Expected outcomes of the program are designed to prepare graduates who will:
1. synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing practice across the lifespan;
2. implement roles of advanced nursing practice responsive to changing environmental forces;
3. integrate leadership skills, teaching and collaborative strategies to facilitate policy changes that augment health; 4. integrate and apply evidence based research to advanced nursing practice with individuals and populations across the lifespan;
5. utilize knowledge of political, economic and social issues in ethical and legal decision-making to resolve dilemmas of practice;
6. demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of professional nursing and to the professional growth of self and peers;
7. evaluate care delivery models in order to develop or redesign sustainable systems of care;
8. assume leadership roles on interprofessional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes;
9. utilize information technology and research methods to analyze multiple sources of client outcome data for the improvement and transformation of health care;
10. implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions to reduce health care disparities, particularly among the rural and underserved.

The Post-Master's Program option (Post MS) for current advanced practice nurses.
The Post MS Program option is offered in an online format; this makes our DNP programs accessible to working students with busy lives.  It is recommended that students work no more than 0.6.

Learning outcomes:
The curriculum builds upon outcomes of the current master's curriculum to incorporate the essential elements not met in the master's program. Outcomes of the post-master's program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies:
1. evaluate care delivery models in order to develop or redesign sustainable systems of care;
2. assume leadership roles on interprofessional teams to collaboratively improve patient and population health outcomes;
3. utilize information technology and research methods to analyze multiple sources of client outcome data for the improvement and transformation of health care;
4. implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions to reduce health care disparities, particularly among the rural and underserved.

Admission Requirements for BS to DNP program

Admission Requirements for post-master's DNP program


Transfer Credits
Students may apply transfer graduate credits they have earned from an accredited college or university toward completion of their St. Scholastica degree. A maximum number of six transfer credits can be applied. The transfer credit must have been completed no more than seven years prior to the date the St. Scholastica degree is completed. Forms to request transfer of credits can be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office. The College of St. Scholastica will consider transfer credits from students who:

 Submit a Credit Transfer Application form.
 Submit an official transcript sent from the accredited institution.
 Submit the course syllabus, catalog or other pertinent descriptive information.
 Demonstrate course content is applicable to the enrolled program.
 Have earned course grade of 3.0 or better.
 Completed the course seven years prior to applying to the St. Scholastica program.

Degree-seeking students planning to enroll in courses at another institution with the intent to transfer the credits to The College of St. Scholastica will need to send a written request and supporting course documentation to the Chair, Department of Graduate Nursing prior to enrolling in the course. Written approval will be provided if the course is acceptable for transfer.