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 24 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.


The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Learn more about accreditation and outcomes here.

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