Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from The College of Saint Scholastica is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice curriculum guidelines and reflects a multidisciplinary design incorporating appropriate graduate level courses from other disciplines. Coursework focuses on:

  • ​Scientific underpinnings for practice
  • ​Organizational and system leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  • ​Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  • ​Information system/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  • Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  • Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health
  • ​Advanced nursing practice

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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

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • A 4-year nursing degree from an accredited program conferred prior to the start of the program
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
    • Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which clinicals will occur
    • One to three years experience as an APRN preferred
    • All official transcripts
    • Essay
    • Online courses with on-campus defense of clinical project proposal and final project.

    School Overview

    Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica has been preparing students for a life of purpose, in addition to economic gain, by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values it was founded on. St. Scholastica is an independent private college with locations across Minnesota, including our original campus in Duluth, plus a new presence in Arizona with programs in Mesa and Phoenix. St. Scholastica operates within this mission statement: "Shaped by the Catholic Benedictine heritage, The College of St. Scholastica provides intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work."

    Students can earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates, from the following academic schools:

    • School of Arts and Letters
    • School of Business and Technology
    • School of Education
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Sciences

    Several bachelor's degree programs are available in fully online formats.


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