Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master's

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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master's

Complete the highest credential in nursing online in as little as 21 months.

Designed for working nurses with a master's degree who wish to influence change in healthcare settings and improve patient outcomes.


Be part of a proven program designed to produce leaders in nursing.

The curriculum at St. Catherine University builds on your personal motivations and a tradition of 120+ years of clinical and educational excellence, leadership, and social justice.

The post-master's DNP is a rigorous, relevant, and challenging program based on a cohort learning model; you will enter and proceed through the program with the same group of nurses. Courses in the DNP program are innovative and interrelated. You’ll complete courses online, including interprofessional (IPE) experiences, as well as project and practicum experiences in your own community.

Class sizes are small, and students enjoy ready access to experienced faculty and community advisors and mentors. Strong faculty partnerships create powerful links between your coursework, professional interests, and academic goals during these experiences.

Driven by St. Kate's mission-based focus on social justice and leadership, our DNP program graduates are prepared to improve health outcomes through:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement project management
  • Application of healthcare economics and informatics
  • Facilitation of changes in health policy

At the end of the program, you will pursue a DNP project that brings together faculty and community advisors who are experts in their fields and committed to your growth as a scholar, leader, and professional. As a result, you will be well-equipped to make a difference in healthcare outcomes through organizational leadership, health policy implementation, and direct patient care.

Students of all genders are welcome in this program. Please note that the Post-Master's DNP does not include coursework for Nurse Practitioner specializations.

Program at a Glance

Format: Online

Start: Fall

Time to completion: 21 months

Credits required: 36

Tuition per credit: $1,200 (2024-25 rates)

Total tuition: $43,200


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Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.


  • NURS 8500 Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing (4cr)
  • STAT 7000 Introduction to Biostatistics (3cr)


  • NURS 7080 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3cr)
  • NURS 8501 DNP Practicum (1cr)
  • NURS 8520 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (4cr)


  • NURS 8300 Advanced Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation (3cr)
  • NURS 8511 DNP as Change Agent (2cr)


  • NURS 8150 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3cr)
  • NURS 8536 Health Care Economics and Finance (3cr)
  • NURS 8502 DNP Practicum (1)


  • NURS 8503 DNP Practicum (1cr)


  • NURS 8540 Health Care: Power, Policy and Politics (4cr)
  • NURS 8600 DNP Project (4cr)

Due to state-level regulations, we are unable to enroll students who will be residing in any of these states while enrolled in this program: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Canada.


Health Profession and Nursing Students (or those considering these programs as a major):

Exemptions to the University’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy may affect your ability to be placed at clinical and fieldwork sites and may result in inability to progress in your program. All health profession students with COVID-19 vaccine exemptions are required to sign the Healthcare Student COVID-19 Exemption Acknowledgement prior to applying to the programs. For more information, please contact ( or your program of study director.

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