Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Pennsylvania.
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Carlow University's DNP program has both CCNE and AACN accreditations and delivered in a hybrid format. The program has a low residency requirement (an average of only two Saturdays per term on the Oakland campus), with a majority of classes available online. The curriculum includes coursework in Nursing Inquiry and Leadership, Research Methods and Applied Statistics, and Population Health Promotion. Designed to be completed within 20 months, the 30-credit DNP program allows students to choose from a set of elective courses that support their interests and professional goals. Applicants are required to have already earned their BSN and MSN degrees and to hold a current RN license to be considered for the program.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Chatham University has CCNE accreditation, is offered online, and can be completed in three to five semesters and 500 clinical hours. Students accepted to the program can choose a full-time or part-time schedule, and only one residency is required. The curriculum offers courses in important emerging areas in the nursing field including Communication and Collaboration for Health Care Leadership, Ethics and Public Policy in Healthcare Delivery, and Quality Improvement in Health Care. Students are required to complete a Capstone Experience in order to graduate. This culminating experience gives students the chance to implement and evaluate an evidence-based practice change project in a nursing field that reflects and supports their area of professional expertise.
Center Valley, Pennsylvania
The De Sales DNP program is offered in three tracks: General DNP, DNP in Clinical Leadership, and DNP Executive Leadership with an MBA option. The program is offered only on a full-time basis with seven sessions of sequential work. The MBA option however, requires an additional five semesters of study. Classes are offered in an online or hybrid format. Students who choose the online option still need to be on campus for four days in August at the beginning of their cohort program for orientation and an introduction to their first two courses. The hybrid program requires students to be present for the orientation and introduction session, as well as for an additional three days each in August, January and April.
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Drexel University can choose either the Practitioner Track or the Executive Track. The Practitioner Track is designed for students who want to remain in clinical practice after completing the program. Students interested in careers in executive nursing and health care management should consider the Executive Track program. In order to be considered for the program, applicants must have current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse, a Master's degree, and previous experience as a nurse manager/executive or as an advanced practice nurse. Drexel University's DNP program is offered online and requires only one summer of on-campus residency. Students have to develop and implement a DNP project in order to graduate.
Duquesne University offers its Doctor of Nursing Practice program online. However, students are required to come to the campus for an initial residency in May, and again a year later to present their culminating project. The university's DNP program is cohort-based and only offered on a full-time basis. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics including: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations, Health Care Policy and Finance, and Ethical Leadership in Complex Organizations. Students are required to complete a practice immersion experience as well as a Doctoral Practice Thesis in order to graduate. A 30 percent tuition discount is available to RNs who work full-time or part-time at one of Duquesne University's partner institutions.
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Gannon University is offered in an online format. Advanced practice registered nurses who already have their MSN and are certified as a Nurse Practitioner or a Nurse Anesthetist are eligible to apply to the DNP program. Applicants with current Clinical Nurse Specialist certification may also be considered. Accepted candidates have the option of pursing the program on a part-time (four to six semesters) or full time (three semesters) basis. Students must complete the program in three years. Students are also required to complete an evidence-based practice project in the clinical arena in order to graduate from the program.
Gwynedd Mercy College
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Gwynedd Mercy College is delivered mostly online, with students only required to attend an executive session on the first night of each class. If pursued full time, students can earn their DNP degree in just one year. It can take up to two years to complete the program if pursued on a part-time basis. Applicants are required to have a master's degree in advanced practice nursing and current RN licensure. The curriculum includes coursework in Organizational Behavior and Social Policy, Statistical Analysis for Evidence Based Practice, and Healthcare Ethics for the APN. The completion of a DNP Scholarly Project addressing an area of advanced nursing practice is required in order to graduate from the program.
La Salle University
The post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at La Salle University is designed according to the AACN Position Statement on Doctoral Education and The DNP Essentials. The program is also CCNE-accredited, delivered online and includes three immersion experiences. Students may enroll on a full-time (six credits per semester) or part-time (three credits per semester) basis. The curriculum covers subjects such as: Clinical Issues in Genetics and Genomics, Advanced Therapeutics, Patient Safety and Health-Care Outcomes, and Public Policy Initiatives: Local to Global. The culminating experience of the program is a capstone project. A student's capstone project is an opportunity to address a significant practice concern that is relevant to nursing and/or healthcare systems and processes.
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Misericordia University's DNP program is offered online and has two tracks -BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP. The BSN to DNP track is designed to be completed over nine semesters (including summers). Students take on-campus classes while working towards their MSN degree. The track's DNP courses are delivered online. RNs with post-master's certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner may be considered for the BSN to DNP program. The MSN to DNP track can be completed over six semesters. Licensed APRNs with national certification (including registered nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists) are considered for the program. The MSN to DNP program offers an optional nine-credit specialization in nursing education for APRNs who want to become college-level educators.
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Robert Morris University offers a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) program and a DNP Completion program. The BSN to DNP option has three areas of concentration: Adult Gerontology Primary Care, Family (Individual across Lifespan), and Psychiatric Mental Health. The AGNP and FNP programs are delivered on-campus only, while the PMHNP program is delivered in a hybrid format. The university's post-master's DNP program is designed for advanced practice nurses who already have a master's degree and is offered completely online. DNP core courses include Evidence Based Practice for APRNs, Principles of Epidemiology, and Applied Evidence Based Practice Health Care. The university's DNP program is accredited by CCNE until June 2025.
Temple University's CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers two options: post-BSN and post-MSN. Students can choose to focus on one of two areas of concentration: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Family-Individual across the Lifespan. The post-BSN option is only offered as a full-time program of study, while the post-MSN program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The post-MSN program is designed for certified APRNs including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Full-time post-BSN students can apply for the HRSA DNP Traineeships, which allots funds for tuition, fees, and books. Post-BSN DNP students who are in their last 12 months of study may also apply for this scholarship.
Thomas Jefferson University
For applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program with a traditional track and an accelerated track. Both tracks offer three areas of concentration: Community Systems Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Family/Individual across the Lifespan. The university also offers a post-master's DNP program which offers two-, three- or four-year study plans. Courses for BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP programs are available online and students have the option of completing the programs on a full-time or part-time basis. In order to graduate from the program, students are required to complete three practicum sessions that comprise the doctoral project. Thomas Jefferson's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until 2021.
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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
The BSN to DNP program at the University of Pittsburgh is delivered on-site and offers the following areas of specialization: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Gerontology), Nurse Administration, and Nurse Practitioner. Students who choose to specialize as nurse practitioners can further concentrate on the following areas: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family (Individual Across the Lifespan), Neonatal, Pediatric Primary Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health. Students who enter the DNP program through the post-master's pathway have the option of completing their degree on-site or online. The MSN to DNP program offers the same areas of specializations as the BSN to DNP program and includes a Nurse Anesthesia specialization as well. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until December 2024.
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Villanova University is designed for practicing post-master's nurse administrators and APRNs (Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives). Following a full-time plan of study, students can expect to earn their DNP degree in five consecutive semesters. A part-time plan of study will take eight consecutive semesters to complete. Online synchronous classes are available two nights a week and students are required to come to campus one weekend each semester and for one week during the summer. The program culminates with a DNP Project, which is a scholarly, deliverable product in the form of a publishable manuscript that clearly demonstrates the application of research and classroom learning to clinical practice.
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Waynesburg University can be completed with three or four years of part-time study. Each course meets on-site one weekend every other month during a 15-week semester. This face-to-face delivery format is supported by online components that are easily accessible from any location. The curriculum includes courses in the following subjects: Quantitative Methods for Nursing Leadership, Healthcare Systems Leadership, and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Transforming the Practice Environment. The completion of a practice-oriented capstone project is required in order to graduate from the program. Waynesburg University's DNP program is accredited by CCNE until the end of December 2024.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
West Chester University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program follows a cohort model and can be completed with nine consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment. All coursework can be taken online with the exception of the first course (Transition to Doctoral Studies), which needs to be completed on-site over one weekend. Applicants must have an MSN in an advanced nursing specialty. This can be in direct care (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist) or in indirect care (nursing administration or nursing informatics). DNP students can apply for the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Grants for tuition assistance. Applicants must be full-time students and meet residency requirements to be considered.
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Widener University follows a hybrid delivery format. Students who pursue the program on a full-time basis can expect to earn their DNP degree after 18 months. Following a part-time plan of study can take up to three years. The DNP core curriculum covers topics such as informatics, complex health care systems, organizational change, health policy, evidence-based practice, and ethics and genetics in advanced practice. Students are required to design, implement and evaluate an evidence-based practice improvement DNP project in order to graduate from the program. Widener University's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until June 2017.
Wilkes University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that follows an online delivery format. The program is designed for APRNs (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists) with MSN degrees who are nationally certified in their APN specialty. The program is also open to nurse executives with MSN degrees. Students have the option of pursuing the program on a full-time or part-time basis. The curriculum is based on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Wilkes University's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until the end of 2019.
York College Pennsylvania
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the York College of Pennsylvania can expect to earn their DNP degree after six consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment. The program follows an executive format of delivery. Each course consists of one week-long session and a weekday class that meets five or six times each semester. Required courses cover topics such as health policy for the APRN, evidence-based practice, theories and practice of organizational behavior and systems change, and population-based health outcomes management. The culminating experience of the program is the DNP project, which gives students the opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate a practice change initiative within a clinical setting.