Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Awarded: 
Doctoral Degree

  • Create solutions to current healthcare challenges:
    • The DNP Graduate is prepared to identify, develop, and evaluate solutions to today’s challenges and contribute to the evolution of the future of healthcare.
  • Build upon your current experience:
    • The DNP Program is geared for the clinically and administratively oriented post-masters degree professional
    • Develop, expand and apply your expertise in evidence-based scholarship to your leadership and/or clinical practice
  • Learn in a dynamic interprofessional environment:
    • Experiences are designed to integrate collaboration in an environment that has been innovative in applying the concepts of interprofessionalism
  • Benefit from being part of a small cohort of students:
    • Graduate faculty provide a more personal education with small classes
    • Participate in an online learning environment that accommodates optional opportunities for face to face learning.
    • Participate in clinical experiences at sites arranged in partnership with Jefferson College faculty.

  • To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Nursing Program, click here.
  • To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Doctor of Nursing Practice section beginning on page 175, click here.

Applicants must apply through NursingCAS The Centralized Application for Nursing Programs. Jefferson College does not require a supplemental application. The application through NursingCAS can be found at

Program Overview:

  • Practicum experieces completed on a flexible schedule in the student’s geographic area. In compliance with the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), some state-to-state restrictions may apply.
  • Based on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Admission Requirements: 
  • The recommended deadline for priority admission is March 15.
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited CCNE or ACEN school in a regionally accredited institution.
  • MSN program GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Current unrestricted RN license in the state(s) in which student’s clinical practice will occur.
  • Official documentation of practicum hours completed at the master’s level (may transfer in up to 505 hours accrued during nursing masters program).
  • A professional curriculum vitae or resume to include education, professional practice, and scholarship.
  • Recommendation forms from three professional references who can address the applicant’s potential for doctoral level work. At least one reference should come from a former faculty member if possible.
  • A 2-page typed statement describing career goals and how a DNP degree will assist in meeting those goals. One possible final DNP project idea should be presented in the statement. The writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of the essay will be used in the overall evaluation of the application.
  • Available for a phone interview if requested.
  • Transfer of doctoral credits will be determined on an individual basis. Transfer courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution within the prior five calendar years.
Other Information: 
Sample Program of Study

Fall Semester
Advanced Statistics for Healthcare (3)
Advanced Practice Roles, Concepts, and Theory Analysis (3)

Spring Semester
Research I: Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
Educational Leadership Roles, Concepts and Theories (3)

Summer Semester
Population Health and Health Policy (3)

Fall Semester
Leadership in Complex Organizations (3)
Research II: Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

Spring Semester
*DNP Resident Practicum (2)
DNP Project Proposal (1)
Healthcare Economics and Resource Planning (3)

Summer Semester
Interprofessional Strategies for Improving Health Outcomes (3)

Fall Semester
DNP Resident Practicum (3)
DNP Project  (3)

A minimum of 1000 total graduate level clinical hours are required for the DNP degree.

Formula for determining number of clinical hours/credits needed in addition to the 495 clinical hours/ 9 credits built into the DNP Program of Study (POS) : 1000 clinical hours  –  [495 clinical hours/9credits + Number of clinical hours/credits transferred from Master’s degree] = ___________

The  maximum number of clinical hours/credits transferred from a Nursing Master’s program is 9 credits or 505 hours. One credit of clinical work equals 55 hours.
*DNP 802C may be repeated for as many credits as are needed by an individual student to achieve the minimum of 1000 total graduate level clinical hours.