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Why St. Kate’s

As a St. Kate’s DNP, you will put rigorous, research and evidence based professional standards to work in the practice world. We focus on preparing advanced nurse leaders who challenge themselves and their colleagues to change healthcare systems, incorporating evidence-based practice that results in improved outcomes.

St. Kate’s places strong emphasis on course content and practicum experiences based on current and projected needs in a changing healthcare environment.

Synergy with the liberal arts

Building on our liberal arts learning tradition, St. Catherine’s DNP program will prepare nurses to think and act in ways that will improve care in our changing healthcare systems.

Social justice is in our mission

The education of nurse leaders with social awareness and advanced practice skills is deeply rooted in the St. Catherine’s heritage. Our DNP students learn at a university where traditions of caring, values-based learning and social justice inform everything we do.

With a mission of social justice embedded in its Catholic tradition, St. Kate’s educates nurses to be compassionate leaders who are prepared to serve populations of all ages, cultures and economic circumstances.

Flexible schedule

The DNP program is offered on a full-time schedule, meeting on St. Catherine's campus in St. Paul, Minnesota one weekend per month (Friday evening and Saturday) over 24-27 months. A part-time option is also available, which requires completion of at least one course per semester, and can be completed in 48-52 months.

Practice research

All DNP students are required to complete a systems change project as one of the degree requirements and they start defining these projects the very first semester of the program.

For the systems change project, DNP students envision modifications or revisions of current care models or education that can be implemented in a timely manner to improve practices in healthcare and academic settings.

In addition, students have an opportunity to choose portfolio option that allows them to enhance their clinical skills in practice settings.