Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Help Change Nursing with Your DNP
GMercyU's accelerated online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program extends the skills and knowledge of current nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, or certified nurse midwives. Working closely with GMercyU’s graduate nursing faculty, you will engage with doctoral-level theoretical concepts, develop an evidence based practice project, and gain advanced practice nursing clinical skills.
The GMercyU Difference
A Leading Regional Nursing School for More Than 50 Years
For more than two generations, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has led the region in health practitioner education. Our small classes and rigorous curriculum produce confident and capable nursing leaders. The nursing faculty members we select bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for the nursing profession to the classroom.
The DNP program equips you for advanced practice nursing with skills and tools that enable you to:
- Examine evidence base practice
- Provide systems leadership
- Assess quality improvement
- Engage in social policy changes
You can complete this 39-credit program in about two years of full-time study thanks to its accelerated structure. The program consists of online courses and only one in person executive session that is completed in your last course the week of graduation. The DNP program includes 400 hours of precepted clinical experience.
The community of nursing experts, scholars, and regional health care leaders we have developed provides a wealth of resources for your professional development and personal enrichment. Continue your development as an advanced practice nurse with an institution known for its nursing leadership—let GMercyU help you discover the Next.
What You Will Learn – Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at GMercyU aims to produce advanced practice nurses who are advocates for evidence base nursing practice and the needs of all patients. After completing this nursing doctoral program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate information literacy in complex health care decision-making
- Advance the practice of nursing as a clinical scholar through dissemination of evidence-based protocols to improve the provision of health care
- Demonstrate leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration to effect evidence-based changes in health care systems to facilitate delivery of comprehensive quality care
- Function as a mentor for BSN and MSN nurses conducting and utilizing nursing research
- Evaluate disparities in health care systems locally, nationally, and globally as a basis for developing innovative health care practices and delivery systems
- Critically appraise nursing care to insure the prioritization of culturally competent practice with diverse populations
The DNP is a two-year doctoral program designed for MSN-qualified nurses. You will take 13 courses, which include 400 hours of practicum experience.
|NUR 700||Healthcare Ethics for the Advanced Practice Nurse|
|NUR 701||Statistical Analysis for Evidence Based Practice|
|NUR 720||Organizational Behavior & Social Policy|
|NUR 721||Leadership as an Advanced Practice Nurse|
|NUR 722||Technology for Advanced Practice Nurses|
|NUR 730||Research Utilization|
|NUR 731||Evidence Based Practice|
|NUR 800||DNP Scholarly Project 1|
|NUR 801||DNP Scholarly Internship 1|
|NUR 810||DNP Scholarly Project 2|
|NUR 811||DNP Scholarly Internship 2|
|NUR 820||DNP Scholarly Project 3|
|NUR 821||DNP Scholarly Internship 3|
To earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, you must complete 39 credits.
To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).
Earn your Doctorate in Nursing Practice with GMercyU
In addition to the University’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs as well as the post-graduate APRN certificate program in Gwynedd Mercy University's Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Our Outstanding Faculty
The DNP is a terminal professional degree that emphasizes ongoing evidence based advanced clinical practice, clinical, systems, and policy leadership rather than research or teaching in higher education. While you can perform research as a DNP, the roles you pursue are much more likely to be “hands on”.
Job titles may include, but are not limited to:
- Advanced Practice Nurse
- Nursing executive
- Public health administrator
- Nursing policy coordinator
- Policy analyst
- Nursing informatics director