Doctor of Nursing Practice / Clinical
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Program Details

The Doctor of Nursing Practice / Clinical program is practice-focused and designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP-C is a terminal degree for nurses who currently hold a master’s degree, national certification, and licensure as advanced practice registered nurses.

In this program, nurses learn how to incorporate scientific knowledge, as well as new and current approaches in nursing, to promote optimal patient outcomes. Courses explore how to combine ethics and decision making processes in healthcare settings. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles and maintain effective interprofessional collaboration.

Some of the topics covered in this online nurse practitioner degree program include:

  • Epidemiology and health promotion in advanced nursing practice
  • Analysis of evidence-based practice
  • Cultural competency for advanced practice
  • Healthcare policy and financial management

% Online

100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.2 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Must have a MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE accredited nursing program and 500 practice hours
  • Submit copy of unencumbered RN license and APN certification
  • One year professional nursing experience preferred
  • Programs prepare students for professional licensure or certification in Illinois. Additional education requirements or special authorization may be required from the professional licensing or certification agencies for states outside of Illinois.