Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice

The Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is for individuals who currently hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or who is currently a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in another field. You can choose from either the Family or Geriatric-Adult Acute Care specialty during the course of your studies.

Through this program you will attain the highest level of educational preparation and excellence in advanced nursing practice, as well as expertise in areas that support clinical practice such as management and policymaking.

Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate DNP is a four year program (12 continuous semesters), where you will be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and a DNP degree. Since most of our students are full-time registered nurses, we host two classes one day a week to fit busy schedules.

This program is the alternative to our MSN degree program, which we will still continue to offer for the next few years. Starting in 2015*, the national trend will be for all advanced practice nurses to have a DNP degree. This practice-focused terminal nursing degree, with its focus on direct practice and healthcare leadership, will not only fill the growing need for expert clinical teachers and clinicians, but will also address informational/technological shifts and the growing disparities in healthcare delivery, access, and outcomes.

We offer a 25% tuition discount for the Post-Baccalaureate DNP program.


Upon completion of the entire program, you will be eligible for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam (ANCC and AANP) or the Geriatric-Adult Acute Care Practitioner Certification Exam (ANCC, AANP, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses).

*Reference American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

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