• Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    PA College’s Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed for learners who already hold an MSN and are ready to advance their nursing career to the highest level of nursing practice. DNP-prepared nurses plan and lead evidence-based practice interventions, quality improvement programs and health policy changes that address patient safety, promote patient-centered care and reduce health disparities among diverse populations. This program is ideal for nurses in roles such as nurse educators, nurse administrators, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse informatics specialists or nurse midwives.


    Program Curriculum

    Our DNP program offers a terminal degree in nursing practice that provides an alternative to the research-focused doctorate, with a customized curriculum based on your professional and academic experience:

    • Students whose previous MSN programs did not emphasize clinical practice will enter the Clinical Leadership Track and complete the program in three to four years.
    • Students whose previous MSN program had a clinical focus, such as advanced practice registered nursing or nurses holding some type of advanced nursing certification, can complete the program in two-three years.

    Click here to view the detailed curriculum and plans of study.

    Courses are offered in a hybrid (blended) format to ensure flexibility and efficiency for busy professional nurses. There is one required eight-hour on-campus meeting each spring and fall semester, as well as a required weekend Integrating Experience session held on campus over a weekend each summer semester.

    The program requires completion of at least 1,000 clinical hours, including hours earned during the student’s MSN program and at least 300 hours from the PA College DNP program. Students can submit a record of previous clinical hours and/or certifications with their application; students who are nationally certified will have at least 500 clinical hours waived.

    Admission Requirements

    The application deadline for Fall 2017 is June 30, 2017. Applications are accepted once a year, during the spring semester only.

    Minimum Admission Requirements

    • Active employment as a registered nurse, licensed in Pennsylvania (or eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania)
    • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree-level statistics course
    • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
    • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale for highest earned degree
    • Successful interview with the DNP Program Chair and graduate education faculty
    • Submission of additional required documentation and application essay

    Ready to get started? Click here to begin your application today!

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to plan innovative practice initiatives that improve health outcomes in various clinical settings.
    2. Develop the leadership skills to influence health care organizations, policy makers and health care providers to adopt cost-efficient, ethical, quality and patient-centered services to health care consumers.
    3. Analyze, select and evaluate patient care technologies that support quality of care in various practice settings.
    4. Synthesize and apply individual and aggregate-level data to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for diverse populations.
    5. Develop clinical scholarship through practice inquiry and translation of evidence into practice.
    6. Demonstrate advanced clinical leadership and clinical decision-making skills in collaborative practice settings in the provision of patient-centered care.