Saint Louis University School of Nursing is now offering the online post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This program is being offered in response to the growing need for doctorally-prepared nurse clinicians/scholars and educators. DNP prepared professionals provide evidence-based interventions and best practices to support individuals, families, and populations, and develop systems of care, based on research utilization.
The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree that educates nurses to become expert clinicians, leaders in health policy, and catalysts for improved health care delivery within an interprofessional environment. This online program is available to students who possess a master's degree in an advanced practice area such as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
The DNP curriculum provides sequencing of courses in a flexible but rational manner. The courses are offered online in the fall and spring semesters with one course offered in the summer session. The program requires two campus visits to Saint Louis University. The first expected visit is a 2-3 day orientation at the beginning of the program. A second visit of 1-2 days is expected at the end of the program to present the capstone project. The post-master's DNP requires a total of 28 credit hours beyond the MSN. Students may transfer 5 to 6 credit hours of comparable graduate level coursework at the discretion of the School of Nursing.
The capstone is a project which integrates and synthesizes the knowledge you have gained throughout the program. The project will focus on a practice change initiative in risk reduction. Examples include: a program evaluation, a quality improvement project, evaluation of a new practice model, a consulting project, or a pilot study. It is based on the individual student's interests. Students will discuss issues with practice leaders and mentors to identify and refine their project goals. Please click here to view previous DNP capstone projects.