Doctor of Nursing Practice - Online

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Online

Advance your nursing career at the University of Saint Joseph, earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Gain strong knowledge of nursing scholarship, clinical practice, health promotion, disease treatment, and the skills necessary to work in a changing and evolving health care environment.

Contact us to learn more about becoming a graduate student in USJ’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

About USJ’s Doctor of Nursing Practice:

The curriculum meets the requirements of the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and incorporates essential concepts such as:

  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Health promotion and population health
  • Organizational and systems leadership
  • Inter-professional collaborative skills
  • Clinical scholarship
  • Evidenced-based practice
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethics for advanced practice nurses


  • Must be a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Nursing
  • Must complete 39 credits over a two to four year period in conjunction with your plan of study, created and approved by the program director.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Outcomes:

  • Integrates scientific underpinnings from advanced practice nursing.
  • Validates evidence based practice through competence in quality improvement, systems thinking, scholarship, and information technology.
  • Fosters professional collaboration to improve individual patient outcomes and population health through advocacy and policy.
  • Formulates leadership skills to strengthen advanced nursing practice and healthcare delivery.
  • Embraces responsibility for advanced nursing practice and healthcare delivery.
  • Synthesizes theoretical concepts from nursing practice to improve the care of patients and populations in a culturally competent manner.