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CCNE SealThe baccalaureate, master's and doctorate nursing programs at The College of St. Scholastica are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Post-Master's DNP | Online

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Program Expanding to Arizona

Post-Master's DNP will be offered in Phoenix in May 2016!
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FAST FACTS: Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Take your clinicals credits where you work
  • Telehealth and Advanced Technology Integration
  • Online courses with on-campus defense of clinical project proposal and final project.
  • Two year completion track*
  • 34 total program credits

Tuition: $810/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2016-17 academic year and are subject to change. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans.

Leadership skills that are in demand. The flexibility that you demand.

The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice provides advanced practice nurses with the leadership, change management and systems design knowledge necessary to be a leader in the healthcare industry. Our program has a particular emphasis on rural healthcare and the unique needs of rural healthcare systems.

This program builds upon the training and experience you have gained as an advanced practice nurse. If you do not yet hold advanced-practice certification, see our B.S. to DNP program.

Our curriculum focuses on the following:

  • Scientific underpinnings for practice
  • Organizational and system leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  • Information system/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  • Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  • Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health

Career outlook

As heathcare costs continue to increase, DNPs and other advanced practice nurses are taking the place of other medical professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that all types of advanced practice nurses will be in high demand, particularly in rural and inner city areas.

In the near future, a DNP will be the entry-level degree for advanced practice nurses. By completing your DNP degree now, you'll be prepared and credentialed for where nursing is headed.

In addition, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) at St. Scholastica, like others across the country, have worked to eliminate the barriers to autonomous practice, something called for in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report.


In May 2016, we will be starting our first cohort for the Post-Master's DNP in Phoenix, AZ. Just like our Duluth location, the program will be primarily online with on-campus defense of clinical project proposal and final project. Your clinical can be taken where you currently work. The application deadline for the Phoenix location has been extended to April 1, 2016. Contact Christy Potter, Arizona campus manager, for more information at (480) 744-6738 or

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Contact Us


Christy PotterChristy Potter
Campus Manager
(480) 744-6738


Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Recruitment Counselor, Graduate & Extended Studies
(877) 287-8719