Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Become a leader in nursing and help shape the future of patient care.

Reach the height of your nursing education with a doctorate program that focuses on clinical expertise and expanding your career opportunities.

The part-time study plan offers an alternative to the traditional doctoral degree program by focusing on collaborative clinical learning in partnership with Penn Medicine-Lancaster General Health.

Customize your program based on your previous academic and professional experience.


DNP Curriculum

CoursesCreditsClinical Hrs.
IPC 511Graduate Research (Prerequisite) or approved transfer Graduate Research course3*
Clinical Hours from MSN DegreeNoncredit/Hours allotted from MSN degree
DNP Coursework
IPC 512Health Policy & Finance3
IPC 850 Integrating Experience IINC
MAT 600Statistics for Evidence-based Practice3
NHA 522Organizational Behavior and Performance Improvement3
NUR 700Epidemiology & Population Health3
NUR 801Introduction to the DNP2
NUR 803Nursing Leadership for Quality and Safety in the Health Care Environment3
NUR 806DNP Leadership Practicum2120
NUR 807Advanced Leadership Practicum *3(180)
NUR 809Health Information Technology3
NUR 811Clinical Role Immersion I and II for Clinical Leadership Track Students3(180)
NUR 813Clinical Role Immersion I and II for Clinical Leadership Tack students3(180)
NUR 815Evidence-Based Practice: Research Translation3
NUR 816DNP I: Project Planning & Development3120
NUR 817DNP II : Project Implementation3120
NUR 818DNP III : Evaluation & Dissemination2
NUR 819Knowledge Dissemination1
NUR 899Professional Dissemination elective1(60)
Total34 (minimum) - 43360 (minimum)

*Students may also be required to take additional credits in NUR 807 and NUR 811 or NUR 813 to meet the 1000 clinical hour requirement.

A minimum of 1000 clinical hours are required to complete the DNP. This includes prior hours that have been accepted from the student’s respective MSN program.

Applicants will need to submit a statement of previous clinical hours and certification, if applicable, at the time of admission.

If proof of clinical hours cannot be verified, students who are nationally certified will have 500 clinical hours waived; students who are in the Clinical Leadership Track will need to document completion of at least 1000 clinical hours in the program.

Our nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. See more accreditation information.

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