Online DNP Program

DNP degree

Help Change Nursing with Your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

GMercyU's 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.

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Program Details

The online DNP program will enable you to:

  • Examine evidence-based practice
  • Provide systems leadership
  • Assess quality improvement
  • Engage in social policy changes

You can complete our 39-credit DNP program online in about two to three years of part-time study. The program consists of online asychronous and synchronous courses and includes clinical experience. 

As a community of nursing experts, scholars, and regional healthcare leaders, we have developed a DNP program that provides a wealth of resources for your professional development and personal enrichment. 

A Leading Regional Nursing School for More Than 60 Years

For more than two generations, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has been a regional leader in advanced practice nursing education. We've earned our reputation as one of the best graduate nursing program schools in PA, thanks to our small classes and personalized approach to help you achieve your advanced nursing career goals. The faculty members we select bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for graduate nursing.

After completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at GMercyU, you will be able to:

  • Practice as an advance practice nurse at the doctoral level within the context of the Mercy tradition of social justice.

  • Advance the practice of nursing, as a clinical scholar, through dissemination of evidence-based protocols and research to improve population health.

  • Demonstrate organizational leadership through interprofessional collaboration for quality  improvement and systems thinking. 

  • Evaluate critical nursing care delivery models using concepts related to social determinants of health.

  • Evaluate ethical and legal issues within health care systems relating to the use of consumer healthcare information, information technology, and patient care technology.

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 Health Care 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.

Once the student is accepted, no courses may be taken outside of Gwynedd Mercy University.

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

Licensure: This program was designed to meet national licensure requirements. Carefully review the process of your home state’s licensure requirements. For more information, please visit our Program Licensure Requirement page.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the changing demands of America's complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes. Read more from the AACN here.

Become a leader with the capabilities necessary to transform nursing: earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice with us.

Call 844-707-9064 or e-mail to contact an admissions counselor to learn more about our DNP program, or begin your application online now!



The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (