Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) pairs education and experience to prepare students to transform the future of nursing.
DNP graduates will assume roles as leaders in various organizations – as nurse administrators, healthcare innovators, nurse educators and nurse practitioners.
As a DNP student, you will benefit from an engaging online classroom, the opportunity to learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, and a wealth of educational resources.
Complete an optional residency program – on campus– to participate in peer discussions and advanced coursework, and expand your global healthcare perspective.
USAHS offers two doctoral nursing program paths: BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP.
- BSN to DNP: 64 to 72 credit hours (depending on specialization)
- Required courses: 44 credit hours
- Specialization courses: 18-32 credit hours
- MSN to DNP: 42 to 52 credit hours (depending on transfer credit)
BSN to DNP students who pursue the FNP specialization are required to complete two on-campus clinical intensives.
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- Choose to complete your degree entirely online for the flexibility to fit into your busy schedule
- Participate in an optional on-campus residencies to engage face-to-face with your faculty and fellow students
- Complete practicum hours in your own community and partner with a faculty mentor and preceptor of your choice
- Complete an optional residency program
- Choose from three nursing role specializations to become an expert in your field
As a DNP student, you’ll benefit from:
We believe that collaboration is a cornerstone of education and quality healthcare. At USAHS, you will have the unique opportunity to learn alongside students from different healthcare professions to hone your skills and benefit from a variety of perspectives.  We’re confident that this team-based approach strengthens health systems, produces positive outcomes, and prepares you to become a leader in your field. 
On-Campus or International Residency
Sign up for an optional two-and-a-half-day, on-campus residency at one of USAHS’ four destination campuses to connect personally with faculty and collaborate with your classmates. You will benefit from face-to-face dialogue, on-campus resources and accelerate at your own pace.
DNP students are invited to participate in an optional international residency, offered through the Interprofessional Approaches to Regional and Global Population Health course. Travel, study and explore with students from other programs to develop a global perspective on healthcare and advance your cultural awareness.
DNP students complete practica throughout the program, BSN-entry students complete role-specialty practica, as well as practica focused on practice leadership and completion of their DNP scholarly project. MSN-entry students have already completed role specialization in their MSN program and complete only the DNP practica focused on practice leadership and completion of their DNP scholarly project.
MSN Option (for BSN to DNP students)
USAHS recognizes that a student’s individual situation may prevent them from completing all of the academic requirements needed to earn a DNP degree. The DNP program is designed to meet students where they are and provide an alternative – the option to graduate with a MSN degree, providing the student has completed the academic requirements.
USAHS is a WSCUC-accredited graduate university that specializes solely in health sciences. We are committed to the development of professional healthcare practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality education. Each of our academic programs focuses on foundational science and concepts, sound decision-making, and strong technical skill development. Read more about our mission.
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