Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctorate of Nursing Practice students in classroom.

St. Catherine University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is your next step if you are an advanced practice nurse, nurse leader or nurse educator seeking to transform healthcare delivery. Our DNP program educates master's-prepared 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

The priority application deadline to start in Fall 2014 was March 1, 2014 — but spaces are still available. Applications are still being accepted at this time.

Why the St. Kate's DNP? Our program features a rigorous curriculum, challenging you to apply evidence-based practice to improve patient care and foster change in healthcare systems. The St. Kate's DNP is community-based; you'll learn with and from a cohort of diverse nursing professionals. It's flexible, allowing you to pursue projects of your choosing with direct application to your practice, in modes and methods that are meaningful to you, with individualized attention from faculty mentors.

The St. Kate's DNP learning experience is also grounded in mentorship and advising. 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 the students growth as scholar, leader and professional.

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. 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. 




Contact Information

  • St. Paul Campus
    2004 Randolph Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105