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Take Advantage of our Limited Time Scholarship

Qualified students who are accepted and enroll in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for the September 2017 (Fall) start date are automatically eligible for a 20% scholarship! Inquire today for more information.


Program Overview

  • DNP courses are offered online to meet the needs of working students – allowing you to further your education while pursuing your nursing career.
  • Students who choose to specialize in the Nurse Informaticist Role or the Nurse Executive role can complete the degree in 3.5 years*.  Learn more about the specializations here.
  • Practica are the only courses required to be taken on-site.  You also will have residency opportunities, including an International Service option allowing you to develop a global perspective on health and patient care.
  • We offer compressed, on-campus courses to enhance your curriculum.  In these optional courses you will have the opportunity to collaborate with classroom peers and faculty in discussions, activities, and advanced coursework.

*Time to completion may vary depending on student course load and progress.



The DNP program can be completed almost entirely online, providing the opportunity for students, including working nurses or administrators, to obtain advanced credentials and expertise.

As an online USAHS student, you also can take advantage of a variety of extracurricular activities such as journal clubs, group projects, dynamic discussion groups, campus wellness events, and guest lectures at any of the University’s campus locations. In addition, online courses and learning resources can be accessed 24/7 – providing the flexibility to fit the busy schedules working nurses must manage. 

Practica & Residency Opportunities

Practica are required in various terms of the program. Students who enter the DNP program with a BSN will complete both role specialization practica as well as the practica focused on practice leadership. While preparation for the DNP scholarly project is distributed throughout the curriculum, it is completed during the course titled DNP Practicum III.

All DNP students are eligible to participate in an International Service Opportunity.  This optional experience is offered in the Global Health Issues in Disease Prevention course. The trip will be taken with USAHS students from other degree programs and provides a valuable opportunity to experience interprofessional collaboration in a unique international setting.  

Interprofessional Education

The DNP program emphasizes interprofessional education, enabling students from various healthcare professions to learn together and address healthcare issues from multiple perspectives.  In the Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses, you will participate in discussions and projects on a team of health care professionals including physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, healthcare administrators, and educators.  Through this interprofessional approach, you will contribute and reflect on your experiences and perspective on health care problems and issues, and benefit from the input of other health care professionals enrolled in USAHS programs.  Throughout the program, you will develop the necessary skills to be an effective leader, shaping the future of the healthcare industry.

The MSN Option

USAHS understands that sometimes, in spite of the best intentions, circumstances may prevent some students from completing all of the academic requirements needed to obtain the DNP degree.  For these students, the USAHS DNP program is designed to allow students to exit at the appropriate point in the program with an MSN degree. Students must confer with their academic advisor and obtain the program director’s approval that all academic requirements of the MSN degree have been met.


The Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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