DNP-Post Baccalaureate Entry


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

4-6 Years

Program Type

  • Online


3.2 GPA

Call to Actions

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Jefferson College of Nursing has suspended admission to the Community Systems Administration and Nursing Informatics programs. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 215-503-8890 for more information.

Program Overview

For students who have completed their BSN, we offer a track that leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In this program, once students have completed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is conferred. Students are then academically eligible to achieve national certification prior to continuation with DNP courses. 

The DNP-Post Baccalaureate Entry program can be completed in a minimum of four years up to a maximum of six years.

DNP Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences into the conceptual foundation of advanced nursing practice at the doctoral level. (Essential I)
  • Employ organizational and systems-level leadership principles in the development and evaluation of care delivery approaches that meet the current and future needs of communities and populations. (Essential II)
  • Design, direct and evaluate scholarly inquiries that incorporate evidence appraisal, research translation, and standards of care to improve practice and the practice environment. (Essential III)
  • Analyze ethical and legal issues in the use of information, information technology, communication networks, and patient care technologies used to support safe, high-quality patient care. (Essentials II, IV)
  • Influence policy makers through active participation on committees, boards, or task forces at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and/or international levels to improve health care delivery and outcomes. (Essential V)
  • Integrate skills of effective communication, collaboration, shared decision-making, and leadership with interprofessional teams to create change in health care. (Essential VI)

Program Options


The DNP-Post Baccalaureate Entry program can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The program can be completed in a minimum of four years up to a maximum of six years. Graduates of an accelerated BSN program may be granted academic credit for prior course work based on transcript review. 

The DNP-Post Baccalaureate Entry program curriculum plan is 69 credits and includes the following courses:

Graduate Core Curriculum
NU 602 Health Policy
NU 603 Research for the APN
NU 605 Role of the APN
NU625 Epidemiology
NU 672 Informatics
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Core Curriculum
NU 560 Advanced Pharmacology
NU 667 Neonatal
NU 570 Pathophysiology
NU 673 Physical Assessment
NU 665 Neonatal
Specialty Curriculum
Clinical I (NU 590, NU 631, NU 640, NU662, NU 674)
Clinical II (NU 591, NU 632, NU 641, NU 663, NU 675)
Clinical III (NU 592, NU 633, NU 642, NU 664, NU 676)
Upon completion of the Master's level curriculum component and attainment of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), the MSN degree will be conferred and students in Advanced Practice Nursing Pathways will be academically eligible for national certification examinations. 
Doctor of Nursing Practice Core Curriculum
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 Advanced 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
Doctor of Nursing Practice Practicum
NU 710 Practicum I
NU 711 Practicum II
NU 712 Practicum III