Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Take your nursing career to the next level, and become a nursing leader who helps to shape health care delivery and improve patient outcomes.

About

Our post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree helps you enhance your clinical expertise, expand your career prospects and raise your earning potential. This part-time study plan blends online and face-to-face learning with interdisciplinary courses and small class sizes. Only PA College gives you the opportunity for inter-professional and collaborative learning, with its experienced faculty and Lancaster General (LG) Health/Penn Medicine affiliation.

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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 for highest earned degree
  • Successful interview with the DNP Program Chair and graduate education faculty
  • Submission of additional required documentation and application essay

Curriculum

Our DNP program provides an alternative to the research-focused doctorate, with a customized curriculum based on your professional and academic experience:

  • Students whose previous Master of Science in Nursing (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 to three years.

Four-Year Clinical Leadership Track

First Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 512Health Care Policy and Finance3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement in Health Care3
Total6
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 710Health Information Technology3
Total6
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 550Integrating Experience 1NC
IPC 601Leadership in Healthcare3
Total3
Second Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
Total3
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research3
Total3
Summer SemesterCredits
NUR 830Clinical Role Immersion I Non-NP
1-3 clinical credits - 60-180 clinical hours
Waived if not necessary for 1,000 clinical hour requirement
1-3
Total1-3
Third Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 706DNP Leadership Practicum Post-Master's
2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
2
Total2
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 707Independent Study in Leadership Practicum
1-6 clinical credits - 60-360 clinical hours
15-week course
1-6
Total1-6
Summer SemesterCredits
NUR 707Independent Study in Leadership Practicum
1-6 clinical credits - 60-360 clinical hours
15-week course
1-6
NUR 715Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
Total4-9
Fourth Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 800DNP Project I: Planning and Development
1 semester credit, 2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
3
Total3
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 810DNP Project II: Implementation
1 semester credit, 1 clinical credit - 60 clinical hours
2
NUR 811Knowledge Dissemination1
Total3
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 650Integrating Experience IINC
NUR 820DNP Project III: Evaluation and Dissemination2
NUR 832Clinical Role Immersion II Non-NP
3 clinical credits - 180 clinical hours
Waived if not necessary for 1,000 clinical hour requirement
3
Total5
Total Combined Credits47

Two-Year Track

First Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 512Health Care Policy and Finance3
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement in Health Care3
Credits9
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research3
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
Credits6
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 550Integrating Experience 1NC
IPC 601Role Development and Leadership3
NUR 715Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
Credits6
Second Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 706DNP Leadership Practicum Post-Master's
2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
2
NUR 710Health Information Technology3
NUR 800DNP Project I: Planning and Development
1 semester credit, 2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
3
Credits8
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 810DNP Project II: Implementation
1 semester credit, 1 clinical credit - 60 clinical hours
2
NUR 811Knowledge Dissemination1
Credits3
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 650Integrating Experience IINC
NUR 820DNP Project III: Evaluation Dissemination2
NUR 832 or
NUR 833
Clinical Role Immersion II Non-NP or
Clinical Role Immersion II NP
1-3 clinical credits - 60-180 clinical hours
Waived if 1,000 clinical hour requirement is met
1-3
Credits2 (or more)
Total Combined Credits34 (or more)

Three-Year Track

First Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 512Health Care Policy and Finance3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement in Health Care3
Total Credits6
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 710Health Information Technology3
Total6
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 550Integrating Experience 1NC
IPC 601Role Development and Leadership3
Total3
Second Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 706DNP Leadership Practicum Post-Master's
2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
2
Total5
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 511Graduate Research3
Total3
Summer SemesterCredits
NUR 715Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
Total3
Third Year: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 800DNP Project I: Planning and Development
1 semester credit, 2 clinical credits - 120 clinical hours
3
Total3
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 810DNP Project II: Implementation
1 semester credit, 1 clinical credit - 60 clinical hours
2
NUR 811Knowledge Dissemination1
Total3
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 650Integrating Experience IINC
NUR 820DNP Project III: Evaluation and Dissemination2
NUR 832 or
NUR 833
Clinical Role Immersion II Non-NP or
Clinical Role Immersion II NP
1-3 clinical credits - 60-180 clinical hours
Waived if 1,000 clinical hour requirement is met
1-3
Total2 (or more)
Total Combined Credits34 (or more)