The purpose of the DNP program is to prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives, as well as Nurse Administrators, with advanced knowledge in evidence-based practice, organizational leadership, and financial acumen to lead innovation in nursing practice and health care.
The DNP is a practice focused doctoral program which prepares students to translate nursing science into clinical practice to improve health care outcomes for patients in the clinical and community settings.
The DNP program is offered both full- and part-time. The curriculum is designed for the working professional to complete the DNP in five consecutive semesters (full-time) or eight consecutive semesters (part-time). For both full- and part-time options, please review the Plan of Study information.
The DNP and PhD are committed to advancing the profession of nursing through scholarly efforts. However the PhD is a research focused doctorate. The PhD student is prepared to generate new knowledge in nursing. The DNP is a practice focused doctorate designed to implement nursing knowledge to improve clinical practice.
The DNP program is designed to meet the needs of the working professionals. The curriculum is implemented using a distance learning approach complemented by on-campus sessions. The on-campus sessions begin with a one-week information and educational seminar the summer of the first semester. Students then have the opportunity to come to campus each semester to meet with their cohort and faculty. For a detailed curriculum plan, please review the Plan of Study information.
Students in the DNP program are required to document a minimum of 1,000 practice hours to qualify for the DNP degree. 500 practice hours are verified and accepted from the student’s master program. The additional 500 practice hours in the DNP curriculum contribute to increasing knowledge in leadership to foster intra-professional and inter-professional collaboration, demonstrate skills in promoting a culture of evidence, and clinical investigation to evaluate health care outcomes and influence health policy. Accepted students with less than 500 practice hours from their master’s program have an opportunity to document and receive practice hour credit based on a Practice Hour Rubric.
The DNP curriculum is offered predominately online but offers students the opportunity to come to campus each semester to meet with their cohort and faculty. Students can expect to meet online two evenings a week each semester. The on-campus sessions begin with a one-week information and educational seminar the summer of the first semester. Students will then meet on campus for one weekend in both fall and spring semesters and again for one week in the summer. See the Plan of Study.
The DNP is a 32 credit Post MSN program.
No, the DNP Program does not accept transfer credits.
For a detailed curriculum plan for the current DNP cohort, please review the Plan of Study information.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the Summer Cohort is full. Students begin the program with a one week on campus visit in Summer Session I (early June).
The DNP program requires students to complete a scholarly DNP Project under the direction of a DNP Project Faculty and DNP Project Practice Mentor. The DNP Project exemplifies the culmination of advanced nursing knowledge and expertise in clinical practice at doctoral level intensity.
The emphasis of the DNP program is on broad “systems thinking” in order to facilitate the design and implementation of models of patient care and clinical practice. A scholarly DNP project offers students the opportunity to apply advanced empirical and theoretical knowledge to design, implement, evaluate and intervene in the clinical environment based on the evidence. A DNP faculty advisor assists the student through the DNP project process. It is expected that students will focus on clinical issues and/or organizational systems that promote safe, effective, efficient and accessible care for individuals, groups or populations.
The DNP program is primarily a distance learning program. Please review the computer requirements for distance learning to ensure your computer and communications hardware and software meets or exceeds Villanova’s distance learning requirements.
The distance learning classes will be offered online Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. EST for full-time study, and one night a week for part-time study.
The DNP program is designed to prepare APRNs and nurse administrators with the highest level of education in nursing practice. DNPs may teach in academic settings however the course work does not prepare the DNP student with the science of pedagogy. Students interested in receiving courses in education may consider a Post Master’s certificate to build on their clinical degree. Students may also consider our PhD program which prepares teacher-scholars for academic settings.
No. GRE scores are not required.
Students must have completed a graduate level research course and received a grade of B or higher.
The DNP program is highly competitive. A 3.5 grade point average is required for admission into the DNP program.
The tuition is $44,000 and accepted students pay a $1,000 seat fee. This fee is not applied towards tuition. The University bills a student fee of $50 per semester.