Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Nursing: Nurse Practitioner

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Nurse Practitioner option from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN challenges nurses to integrate their professional experience with new knowledge and skills in order to assume an advanced practice role in nursing. Driven by a mission rooted in social justice, our nurse practitioner doctorate students develop their nurse practitioner expertise and leadership skills to improve health outcomes for all populations, especially the most vulnerable.

what can I do with a nurse practitioner degree?

The St. Kate's Nurse Practitioner degree offers two specialty options with specific clinical content in pediatric primary care and adult-gerontology primary care.

A pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) provides primary care, including physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of common pediatric illness to children of all ages, developmental evaluations and nutritional guidance. PNPs work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals in various settings, emphasizing health promotion, illness prevention, and supporting parents to develop effective parenting skills.

An adult-gerontological nurse practitioner (AGNP) assumes an advanced practice role in the provision of primary healthcare to adults of all ages. Health promotion, health education and the early detection of risk factors are important components of the AGNP’s role. They engage in independent decision making about healthcare needs, promoting the health or managing illness states of individuals and their families or significant others. AGNPs work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, ensure continuity of services across the continuum of settings (home, long-term care, transitional care, acute care, clinic, and residential), and act as an advocate for the client in the healthcare system.

how will I study?

St. Catherine’s 74-credit DNP: Nurse Practitioner option can be completed in three years of year-round enrollment. Classes combine campus meetings with online learning. Most campus meetings take place one full day per week on our St. Paul campus; some courses meet in a weekend format.

The DNP: Nurse Practitioner option prepares nurses for advanced roles in various aspects of healthcare. The graduate curriculum builds on the expertise, experience and skills of the professional nurse. Core content includes critical decision-making, ethical leadership, cultural diversity, nursing theory, nursing research, evidence-based practice, administrative problem-solving and health policy. As part of their course of study, students will complete the clinical experiences necessary to sit for the national certification exam in their selected specialty area.

Clinical practicum experiences are generally scheduled during the weekdays. Our faculty are committed to providing healthcare to underserved populations, including individuals and families in rural areas. Students who wish to pursue clinical experiences in these areas are supported in their efforts.

Plans of study are also available for current nurse practitioners with a master's degree in nursing who seek a second area of specialization, which can be completed as part of, or separate from, the DNP degree.

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.

The DNP: Nurse Practitioner option is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2017-18 academic year, the tuition rate for the 74-credit DNP: Nurse Practitioner option is $1,010 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, clinical components, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans.

Program Outcomes and Accreditation

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

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Nurse Practitioner Degree Requirements

Nurse Practitioner Degree Requirements

The DNP: Nurse Practitioner option includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

The DNP: Nurse Practitioner option has specific prerequisite and admission requirements.



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