Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-master's)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice students in classroom.

St. Catherine University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is your next step if you are a master's-prepared nurse (advanced practice, nurse leader or nurse educator) seeking to advance your career and transform healthcare delivery. Through a flexible, one-weekend-per-month and online learning format, St. Kate's DNP program prepares nurses to: 

  • Develop advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice roles
  • Enhance evidence-based knowledge to improve health outcomes
  • Assume leadership to strengthen healthcare practice, programs and policy

Next steps

DNP vert image_0_0_0_0.pngWhy the St. Kate's DNP? Our program features a rigorous curriculum, challenging you to apply evidence-based practice to improve care and foster change in healthcare.

St. Kate's post-master's DNP is community-based; you'll learn with a cohort of diverse nursing professionals. It's flexible; you'll pursue projects of your choosing with direct application to your practice, with individualized attention from faculty mentors. The St. Kate's DNP is also grounded in mentorship and advising

If you are a nurse who does not yet hold a master's degree, consider the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator concentration. MSN students may transition seamlessly into the DNP program. Some of your MSN clinical/practicum hours and courses will count towards your DNP.

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.

Access and support

St. Catherine University has unparalleled experience designing and delivering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working nurses. St. Kate's is committed to providing nurses with access to superior advanced nursing education through convenient class scheduling and the integration of online learning, support from mentors, and other features.

Another way of making St. Kate's quality accessible to nurses? The total cost of attendance compares favorably with other DNP options — St. Kate's quality may be more affordable than you think. And, special loan and scholarship opportunities make the St. Kate's DNP even more accessible for working nurses.