Gwynedd Mercy University's DNP program prepare nursing leaders

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Help Change Nursing with Your DNP

Take the lead in nursing with Gwynedd Mercy University. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree 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 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
  • Assess Quality improvement
  • Engage in Social policy changes
  • Provide Systems leadership

This two-year, 39-credit program features a structure that accommodates your busy nursing schedule. It combines in-person residencies, online coursework, and 400 hours of clinical practice. After graduation, you’ll be equipped to pursue advanced practice nursing roles at the highest levels of advanced nursing practice.

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

GMercyU’s DNP degree program will help you break new career groundThe 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

Credit Requirement:
To earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, you must complete 39 credits.

To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog.

Earn your Doctorate in Nursing Practice with GMercyU

Become a leader with the capabilities necessary to transform nursing: earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice with us. Call 877-531-7941 or e-mail to contact an admissions counselor, or click here to begin your application online now!

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

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