DNP-Post Master's Entry


College of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice


Center City, Abington Dixon






2 - 5 Years

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing (DNP) - Post Master's Entry program is a 36-credit, 2-5 year traditional track for graduates of the MSN program. The College of Nursing offers full and part-time plans of study to help students select the right option for them.

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)


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Post-Master’s Entry 

Core Curriculum 

NU701 Scientific Underpinnings for Nursing Practice  3
NU702 Practice Inquiry: Designs, Methods and Analyses  3
NU703 Theoretical Foundations for Organizational Change in Healthcare Systems 3
NU704 Philosophy, Foundations, and Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NU705 Advanced Topics in Health Informatics 3
NU706 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety 3
NU707 Leadership and Inter-Professional Collaboration  3
NU708 Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health  3
NU709 Current Issues in Health and Social Policy: Planning, Participating and Policy Making 3
Total Doctor of Nursing Practice Core Curriculum Credits  27
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Practicum Sequence  
NU710 Practicum I  3
NU711 Practicum II  3
NU712 Practicum III  3
Total Doctor of Nursing Practicum Credits  9
Total Program Credits 36