This program prepares graduates to lead at the highest level of advanced nursing practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the terminal academic preparation for patient-focused advanced nursing practice. The post-master's DNP is designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions where they can create transformative change to improve the health and health care outcomes of individuals, families, groups and populations. This program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice along with evidence-based practice utilization to meet the demands impacting quality patient care delivery, patient outcomes, and systems management.

The DNP curriculum includes courses in evidence-based practice, health care policy, leadership theory, epidemiology, and technology innovation in health care.

The program's part-time, blended-course format provides the professional working student the opportunity to maintain full-time employment while earning a degree. Students enroll in two, concurrent 10-week courses each semester. During the semester, each course meets twice on campus, with the remainder of classes delivered online. The DNP program begins in the fall, and is offered over 6 semesters, with summers off.

The DNP  practicum experience and a capstone project are the culminating pieces which use evidence-based research for creating change in an organization.  In these courses, students will collaborate with experts in health care organizations and apply the knowledge learned throughout their curriculum. View the admission requirements for this program.

News and Updates

Authorization and Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Ohio Board of Regents (OBR)

In July 2011, Mount St. Joseph University was granted authorization to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

In March 2012, the College was further granted approval and extended accreditation to offer the DNP by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University receives its regional accreditation from:

     The Higher Learning Commission 
     230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
     Chicago, IL 60604

To learn more, contact: Higher Learning Commission
Copies of the University’s accreditation can be obtained through the Office of the President.



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