Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Minnesota.
Full List of Programs
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Augsburg College can choose from two tracks of study- the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track or the Transcultural Nursing Leadership (TCN) Track. The TCN Track is a post-master's doctoral program that focuses on transcultural nursing practice and leadership. The FNP Track is a post-BSN program that focuses on the primary care of families. Graduates of the DNP-FNP program can apply for certification as Family Nurse Practitioners through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Scholarships are available to American Indian students as well as students who are members of the Minnesota Nurses Association.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Capella University can be pursued entirely online and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program also incorporates the guidelines established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The university offers a 12-credit DNP Preparatory program for applicants with a non-nursing master's degree. The program offers the following courses: Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing, Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice, and Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice. There is also a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP program. Students accepted to the university's DNP program can apply for the Doctoral Nursing and Health Care Scholarship ($5,000).
Metropolitan State University
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Metropolitan State University accepts post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) applicants. A third entry option, post-ELMSN (Entry Level MSN) to DNP is also available. The post-ELMSN to DNP option is designed for graduates of the university's ELMSN program, which prepares individuals with a non-nursing bachelor's degree for a career in nursing. The university's DNP curriculum is based on AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice and accredited by the CCNE. All students are required to complete an evidence-based clinical capstone project in order to graduate from the program.
St Catherine University
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The DNP program at Saint Catherine University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The curriculum is based on AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice. Online instruction is combined with face-to-face learning, with classes meeting on campus only one weekend each month. Saint Catherine's DNP program is a post-master's program and designed to be completed within 24 to 27 months of continuous enrolment. Students working for one of the university's corporate partners may be entitled to a 10 percent tuition fee reduction. Some of these corporate partners include: Fairview Health Services, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Hennepin County Medical Center, North Memorial Hospital, and Regions Hospital. Students have to complete a Systems Change Project in order to graduate.
MSN required for:
The College of Saint Scholastica
The CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the College of Saint Scholastica offers both bachelor's to DNP and post-master's DNP options. The DNP curriculum is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice as developed by the AACN. The BS to DNP option is delivered in a hybrid format with online course offerings supplemented by a few scheduled on-campus meetings. There are three tracks available: Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Family Program. The post-master's DNP option is designed for working APRNs and offered completely online. Students are only required to come to campus for the defense of their clinical project proposal and final project.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
There are two pathways to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Minnesota. The post-baccalaureate DNP program can be completed with three years of full-time study. Application to one of the 13 DNP specialties is required. Full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) plans of study are available for the post-master's DNP program. Both DNP tracks are offered in a hybrid format with students required to be on campus for only one week each semester. The DNP curriculum includes courses such as: Health Innovations and Leadership, Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, and Inter-professional Health Care informatics. Students are required to complete a DNP project in order to graduate. The university's DNP program is accredited by the CCNE.
BSN required for:
MSN required for:
Walden University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that is designed for RNs with an MSN and certification in an area of advanced nursing practice. The program is offered online. The DNP curriculum covers several topics including advanced nursing practice, evidence-based practice, healthcare policy and advocacy, organizational and systems leadership, and quality improvement. Students are required to complete a DNP project in order to graduate from the program. Full-time DNP students may be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $5,000, in addition to getting their first course at no cost. Walden University's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until the end of June 2018.
Winona State University
The CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Winona State University offers the following areas of specialization: Adult-Gerontology (Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Leadership (Nursing and Organizational Leadership or Practice and Leadership Innovations). The university's DNP program is open to both post-baccalaureate and post-master's applicants. Full-time and part-time plans of study are available for both options. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats - online, one day per week on campus, or in a hybrid format. Clinical experience can be arranged with the university's affiliate institutions, which include (among others) the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mercy Medical Center, Allina Health, and the Gunderson Lutheran Health Systems.
BSN required for: