Program Overview

The online Doctor of Nursing Program has strong focus on practice and provides access to environments of opportunities, knowledge and skill development.

The philosophy of the DNP program is to enrich advanced nursing practices by strengthening and expanding a student's’ knowledge as expert nurse clinicians and leaders who develop, implement, and evaluate programs of care and transform health care systems by using evidence-based innovations and technologies and facilitating interdisciplinary processes. 

Graduates will be prepared for practice in advanced roles across community and health care settings to meet the health needs of perse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    La Salle University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been granted approval by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


    Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) from a nationally accredited program-OR-Master’s degree, MBA or MHA from a nationally accredited program (these applicants should also hold a  Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN); additional course work and clinical hours may apply
    Current unencumbered United States RN License and Advanced Practice license where appropriate
    Board certification in the nursing specialty when appropriate (students may enroll in Core Courses while preparing for board certification examination)
    Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    Cumulative Master’s level GPA of a minimum 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for GPAs between 3.4 and 3.7 recommended on an individual basis

    • Evidence of satisfactory completion of prior course in Biostatics, and a graduate-level research course (these courses are available prior to the start of the DNP if necessary)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Verification of Precepted Clinical Hours form (provided to the applicant) to be completed by a University official in the applicants Master’s or Post-master’s program
    • One page personal 
    • Interview by DNP Program Director or designee
    • Official transcripts of all previous college work
    • Students are required to come to campus for two days in the beginning of the fall semester of each year for immersion experiences. Currently, students defend their DNP Project on campus at the completion of the scholarly work.


    La Salle University is currently unable to admit students living in Wisconsin to any online program.

    School Overview

    La Salle University is a private, Roman Catholic university that was founded in 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school was founded by the Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools who named La Salle University after St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. The University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school began as an all-male school until 1970 when women were admitted into regular classes. In 1984, La Salle was granted University status after its expansion of academic buildings.

    La Salle University offers undergraduate and graduate programs, and certificate programs. The curriculum is very strict, reflecting the strong commitment for students to learn both intellectually and spiritually. Several programs are offered online, either completely or in hybrid formats.


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