Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Nursing: Dual-Degree (DNP)

St. Catherine’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Dual-Degree options are for bachelor’s-prepared nurses who are ready to expand their leadership potential in the field. These challenging, interprofessional plans of study combine advanced practice nursing with one of the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Health Informatics
  • Holistic Health Studies
  • Organizational Leadership

Our Nursing: Dual-Degree (DNP) graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations and systems, and are well-equipped to make a positive difference in the rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Program Details

  • Format: Evening and weekend classes
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 66–72
  • Completion time: 3 years

what can I do with the DNP Dual-Degree?

Nurses with doctoral degrees are increasingly recognized for their unique contributions in many practice areas. By combining the nursing curriculum with another area of graduate-level study, you will be prepared to practice in a variety of professional, academic and healthcare settings.

DNP and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Develop real-world skills to manage effectively, exercise sound judgment, plan strategically and develop solutions that positively affect health systems.

DNP and Master of Health Informatics (MHI)
Prepare for the applied practice and research of informatics across clinical and public health domains.

DNP and Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies (MAHS)
Expand your view of health and healing, and become a leader on the applications of complementary, integrative and holistic health practices.

DNP and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL)
Gain core business skills while developing as an ethical leader who communicates effectively and uses power wisely to transform health systems.

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

how will I study?

St. Catherine’s 66-72 credit Nursing: Dual-Degree (DNP) options are completed in 3 years. Courses meet on an evening/weekend schedule, and combine online and face-to-face instruction in a hybrid learning format. Classes meet on our St. Paul campus.

The Dual-Degree 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. Strong faculty-and-mentor partnerships create powerful links between your coursework, professional interests, and academic goals during throughout the program.

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 fellow students, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The DNP: Dual-Degree option is part of the Graduate College. The DNP, MHI and MAHS programs are offered through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. The MAOL and MBA programs are offered through the School of Business and Professional Studies.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Dual-Degree options during the 2019–20 academic year are listed below. Tuition rates are subject to change annually on June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.

  • $942 per credit for the DNP/MBA ( 70 credits)
  • $738 per credit for the DNP/MHI (69 credits)
  • $811 per credit for the DNP/MAHS (72 credits)
  • $942 per credit for the DNP/MAOL (66 credits)

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the DNP: Dual-Degree 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, Dual-Degree 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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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Dual-Degree options include courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The Dual-Degree options have specific prerequisite and admission requirements.



Our Dual-Degree faculty are nationally recognized researchers, global leaders and skilled teachers.