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.
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:
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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.
The application deadline for Fall 2017 is June 30, 2017. Applications are accepted once a year, during the spring semester only.
Minimum Admission Requirements
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At the completion of the program, the graduate will:
The PA College DNP program is a practice-focused doctorate based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s “Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice” (2006). For more information on the DNP degree, click here.