Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Nursing: Post-Master's (DNP)

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 campus sessions per semester; online learning between sessions
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 33–35
  • Completion time: 18 months

what can I do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree?

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. Examples include nursing executive, director of a primary care clinic, academic faculty, or director of a system-wide quality improvement department. Additionally, DNPs are prepared to practice in a variety of professional, academic and healthcare organizations.

We offer a separate DNP option for nurses interested in becoming Nurse Practitioners.

how will I study?

The 33-35 credit DNP: Post-Master's option can be completed in two years. Courses meet on our St. Paul campus twice during the semester, facilitating the building of community between classmates and faculty, with flexible online learning between campus meetings.

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. Catherine’s traditions of clinical and educational excellence, leadership, and social justice.

Courses in the DNP program are innovative and inter-related, 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.

why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

Our DNP: Post-Master's option is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the 33-35 credit DNP: Post-Master's option is $1,074 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs include fees for student services and technology.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. In addition, St. Catherine offers DNP students access to a Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). If you're an NFLP participant who commits to working in nursing education after graduation, most of your loan balances may be forgiven.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the DNP: Post-Master’s program. Apply to start in F’19 to be considered for up to $10,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Leadership

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Fall application deadline.

In addition, DNP: Post-Master's students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

Program Outcomes and Accreditation

The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


ACEN Accredited

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DNP Degree Requirements

DNP Degree Requirements

The DNP degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The DNP program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements. Learn more and get started.



Our DNP faculty are nationally recognized researchers, global leaders and skilled teachers.