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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Post-Master's

Program Description

The La Salle Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is in response to the call for health care improvement and innovation. This post-Master's program is designed in accord with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Position Statement on Doctoral Education and The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

The program is a practice-focused doctorate with a strong clinical component designed for all health care environments providing opportunities for expert knowledge and skill development through completion of clinical hours and a final Scholarly Project. The program delivered online includes yearly Immersion experiences.


The mission of the La Salle University Nursing Programs is to provide scientifically based nursing curricula to educate clinically competent, caring, nursing professionals with a commitment to excellence in practice, service, life-long learning, and scholarship.

Program Goals

  • Educate professional nurses to translate evidence for interprofessional practice in advanced nursing roles across community and health care settings.
  • Meet the health needs of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities and populations through curricular and service activity.
  • Support faculty and student scholarly activity that informs quality and safety in healthcare systems.

Program Specific Information

Students may enroll in the post-MSN program on a part-time (three credits/semester) or full-time (six credits/semester) basis. Required clinical hours vary depending on the student's entry level attainments; 1,000 hours of supervised post-baccalaureate clinical practice in an academic program is required. The La Salle plans of study are individualized and include at least 500, of the required 1000, clinical hours. Advanced Practice Nurses (CNS, CRNA, NP, and Nurse Midwives), as well as other Master's prepared nurses with a BSN may apply.

The DNP Student Handbook and DNP Project Manual can be found at