Nursing (DNP): Post-Master's

Nursing: Post-Master's (DNP)

Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

St. Catherine University's hybrid (on our St. Paul, MN campus and online) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Post-Master's option is designed for nurses with a master's degree who wish to influence change in healthcare systems and communities.

Driven by St. Kate's mission-based focus on social justice and leadership, our DNP nurses are prepared to improve health outcomes through evidence-based practice, application of healthcare economics and informatics, and facilitation of changes in health policy. DNP degree graduates are well-equipped to make a difference in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Program Details

Format: 2 sessions per semester on our St. Paul campus; online learning between sessions

Completion time: 18 months

Credits: 33-35

Cost per credit (2019–2020): $1,074

Start: Fall

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Each new post-master’s DNP student will be considered for up to $10,000 in funding from these scholarship programs: leadership in nursing, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement. St. Kate’s offers DNP students access to a Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP).

DNP students employed by St. Kate’s corporate partners also receive a scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

Prepare to Lead Change in Healthcare

St. Kate'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 fellow nurses. The curriculum builds on your personal motivations in a rich learning experience grounded in St. Kate’s traditions of clinical and educational excellence, leadership, and social justice.

Courses in the DNP program are innovative and interrelated, including classroom, online, and practicum components. Class sizes are small, and students enjoy ready access to experienced faculty and community advisors and mentors. Strong faculty and mentor partnerships create powerful links between your coursework, professional interests, and academic goals during these experiences.

You will also undertake 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.

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Career Advancement for DNP Nurses

Due to the changing healthcare environment in the United States, nurses with doctoral degrees are increasingly recognized for their unique contributions in many practice arenas. Workforce trends suggest a demand for highly trained nurse leaders, faculty, and advanced practice registered nurses with doctoral-level degrees.

Our nursing doctorate graduates are prepared to assume a variety of leadership roles in their specialty areas of practice, in a variety of professional, academic, and healthcare organizations. Examples include:

  • nursing executive
  • director of a primary care clinic
  • academic faculty
  • director of a system-wide quality improvement department
Program Accreditation

The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Please review full accreditation and outcome data information