Program of Study

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Program of Study

St. Catherine University's post-master's DNP is a rigorous, relevant and challenging 30-credit graduate program. The program includes coursework in ethical leadership, interprofessional collaboration to improve population health, knowledge of the discipline of nursing, informatics, evidence-based practice, organizational systems, healthcare economics and health policy. 

St. Kate's DNP nurses: Ready for change

Our DNP program prepares nurses — women and men — to be clinicians, educators and leaders who influence change in healthcare systems and communities. Each student undertakes a Systems Change Project that brings together faculty and community advisors and mentors who are experts in their fields and committed to your growth as a scholar, leader and professional.

Driven by St. Kate's mission-based focus on social justice and leadership, our DNP nurses are prepared to improve health outcomes through evidence-based practice, applications of healthcare economics and informatics, and facilitation of changes in policy. Graduates are prepared to make a difference in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Collaboration, support and mentoring

Learning the St. Kate's DNP is a community experience, with the shared learning, collaborative spirit and personal support of the cohort learning model — you'll enter and proceed through the program with the same group of fellow nurses. Throughout, you and other members of your cohort will be mentored and coached by experiences nursing faculty mentors.  

Practicum experiences

You'll also complete a total of 1000 hours of practica, some of which may be accounted for from your nursing master's, as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The St. Catherine University DNP course of study has been carefully designed to meet the AACN's Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Strong faculty-and-mentor partnerships create powerful links between your coursework, professional interests and academic goals during practicum experiences. These experiences will help you work toward your systems change project goals, explore theories of interest, expand you knowledge and skill sets, and bring classroom learning to life.

Finish in 24-27 months through weekend/online study

Start the St. Kate's DNP in September, and complete the St. Kate's DNP in 24-27 months. For details on the online/face-to-face learning format and course and practica scheduling, see our "hybrid" learning format page.

The DNP program of study

See below for a sample listing of courses for the Doctor of Nursing Practice. This information is an introductory description, intended only for prospective students, and is subject to change. The university's official curriculum, including full descriptions of courses, is listed in the online graduate catalog.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Underpinnings of the Discipline of Nursing
  • Outcome Evaluation 
  • Practicum

January Term

  • Introduction to Epidemiology 
  • Topics: Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics

Spring Semester

  • Advanced Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Informatics 
  • Practicum 

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Leadership in Organizations and Systems: Implications for Practice 
  • Health Care Economics and Finance
  • Practicum

January Term

  • Practicum 

Spring Semester

  • Health Care: Power and Politics 
  • Practicum 

You'll also enroll in credits for your Systems Change Project (SCP).  SCP credits may be taken in your second year, before our final spring semester. 


*Introduction to Epidemiology and Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics are master’s level courses, taken only if not completed at the graduate level prior to beginning DNP coursework.