Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College

  • Center City Campus
  • Abington-Dixon
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

4-6 Years

Program Type

  • Online

Prerequisites

3.2 GPA | More Info

Program Overview

For students who have completed their BSN, we offer a track that leads to a Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP). Students earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) along the way.

The post-BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree allows students to earn a MSN while working on the DNP.

Choose from eight MSN nurse practitioner options, complete the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, and achieve national certification before completing the doctoral part of the program.

The doctoral coursework features a tailored plan of study dependent on your schedule and pace, and it includes a Practice Inquiry Project.

The post-BSN to DNP program can be completed in a minimum of four years (starting in the fall semester) up to a maximum of six years

Program Options

  • Adult-Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Community Systems Administration
  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Gender Related Nurse Practitioner

Application Process & Deadlines

OCTOBER 15 - Spring Term Deadline
FEBRUARY 15 - Summer Term Deadline
JUNE 1 - Fall Term Deadline

Application Instructions

Curriculum

The post-BSN to DNP program can be taken part-time or full-time. It can be completed in a minimum of four years (starting in the fall semester) up to a maximum of six years. The curriculum plan of study is tailored to each student’s starting semester and pace. Graduates of an accelerated BSN program may receive credit for previously completed coursework.

The following tracks are available with the post-BSN to DNP option:

  • Adult-Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Community Systems Administration
  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner

All students enrolled in the DNP program share a core and specialty curriculum, and practicum hours are required in all DNP courses. The MSN will be conferred at the point students complete the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011).

The post-BSN to DNP curriculum is 69 credits and includes the following courses:

NU 560 Advanced Pharmacology
NU 570 Pathophysiology
NU 602 Health Policy
NU 603 Research for the APN
NU 605 Role of the APN
NU 625 Epidemiology
NU 6XX Clinical I 
NU 6XX Clinical II
NU 6XX Clinical III
NU 672 Informatics
NU 673 Physical Assessment
NU 701 Scientific Underpinnings
NU 702 Practice Inquiry: Designs, Methods and Analyses
NU 703 Organizational Change
NU 704 Methods for Evidence Based Practice
NU 705 Advance Topics in Informatics
NU 706 Healthcare Quality and Safety
NU 707 Leadership and Inter-professional Collaboration
NU 708 Clinical Prevention/Population Health
NU 709 Health & Social Policy
NU 710 Practicum I
NU 711 Practicum II
NU 712 Practicum III