Saint Louis University School of Nursing is offering the online Post BSN to 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The DNP curriculum provides sequencing of courses in a flexible but rational manner. The courses are offered online fall, spring and summer semesters. The program requires two campus visits to Saint Louis University. The first expected visit is a 5 day residency at the School of Nursing. During the on-campus residency, students participate in an intensive assessment and evaluation of their knowledge of curriculum content, including diagnostic reasoning, clinical assessment skills and therapeutic communication. Additionally, an orientation to doctoral level course work is given. A second visit of 1-2 days is expected at the end of the program to present the capstone project. The Post BSN to DNP requires a total of 69-70 credit hours beyond the BSN depending on the population specialty focus. The courses can be taken over a 4 to 5 year period depending on full or part-time study..
Specialties and Role Options Available
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post BSN to DNP students will complete the program with 1050 or 1125 clinical hours depending on the specialty. At the completion of the specialty courses and prior to taking doctoral level clinical coursework the student is to sit for the specialty certification exam.
Core Courses All students complete 23 credits of courses (500 level) that include:
Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2)
Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (3)
Health Promotion (3)
Principles of Practice Management (3)
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
General Research Methods (3)
All students complete 25 hours of courses (700 level) that include:
Evidence Based Practice
Capstone Clinical and Project
The remaining credit hours include cognate, general and specialty courses required for each specialty and role option (500 level).