Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing focuses on:

  • The scientific foundations for practice
  • ​Organizational and systems leadership
  • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  • Information systems/technology
  • Health care policy for advocacy in healthcare
  • Inter-professional collaboration
  • Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health and education
  • Advanced nursing practice

Students may choose one of two concentration areas to align with their personal interests and professional goals:

  • ​Clinical
  • ​Leadership

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

    Requirements

    • 750-1000 word essay-typed
    • Copy of RN Licensure
    • Copy of Advanced Practice License
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A MSN degree
    • Personal interview
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

    Restrictions

    Due to state authorization requirements, the College cannot accept applications from residents of the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin.

    School Overview

    Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Peoria, Illinois that is dedicated to educating compassionate and skilled nurse professionals. Saint Francis Medical Center College for Nurses is owned by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It is also one of the largest Catholic health care facilities in the United States. The school had its beginning in 1905 as the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. The school was intended for “Sisters” or nuns only. In 1918, it started to admit lay students, as well. In 1950, it received accreditation of the diploma program from the National League of Nursing. From 1905 to 1987 the college graduated close to 3400 students from the diploma program. In 1985, the Department of Professional Regulations approved the addition of a baccalaureate program. Today, the school continues its history of nursing education whose mission is to provide health care to sick, poor, and injured people of the community. The mission of this institution is "to provide nursing education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level....The College serves the community by providing competent entry level and advanced practitioners responsive to the changing health needs of society and the health care system."

    Saint Francis Medical Center offers upper division undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that include a hands-on clinical practice that gives students great experience in their field. The undergraduate program prepares men and women for the practice of professional nursing. Students would receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students in the graduate program can pursue either a Doctor of Nursing Practice or a Master of Science in Nursing. Saint Francis offers distance learning options as well.

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