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.

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, all while completing one of the best online DNP programs.

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The online DNP program equips you for advanced practice nursing with skills and tools that enable you to:

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

You can complete these 39-credit DNP programs online in about two years of full-time study. 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 online DNP program includes 400 hours of precepted clinical experience. 

The community of nursing experts, scholars, and regional health care leaders we have developed in our DNP programs 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 at one of the top DNP programs online.

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 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. As one of the top online DNP programs in the area, GMercyU has the right tools to help you excel in this DNP program and in your career.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at GMercyU aims to produce advanced practice nurses who are advocates for evidence-based 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 the 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 the 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 ensure 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 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.

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.

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
  • Nursing informatics director

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 (