Saint Louis University

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate (BSN to DNP)

We are accepting applications for the spring 2017 BSN-DNP program.  The spring 2017 application deadline is August 1, 2016.  We encourage students to apply and submit all supporting documents as soon as possible as space is limited.

Saint Louis University School of Nursing is proud to offer the online Post BSN to DNP program. This program is being offered in response to the growing need for doctorally-prepared nurse clinicians/scholars and educators. DNP prepared professionals provide evidence-based interventions and best practices to support individuals, families, and populations, and develop systems of care, based on research utilization. 

The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree that educates nurses to become expert clinicians, leaders in health policy, and catalysts for improved health care delivery within an interprofessional environment. This online program is available to students who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The DNP curriculum provides sequencing of courses in a flexible but rational manner. The courses are offered online fall, spring and summer semesters. The program requires four campus visits to Saint Louis University. The first visit is a two day orientation to the university, online education and the role of the nurse practitioner. The second visit is a three day residency at the School of Nursing. During the on-campus residency, students participate in an intensive assessment and evaluation of their knowledge of curriculum content, including diagnostic reasoning, clinical assessment skills and therapeutic communication. Third, an orientation to doctoral level course work is given. The fourth visit of one-two days occurs at the end of the program to present the capstone project. The Post BSN to DNP requires a total of 68 credit hours beyond the BSN depending on the 
population specialty focus. The courses can be taken over a 4 to 5 year period depending on full or part-time study..

Specialties and Role Options Available

  • Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post BSN to DNP students will complete the program with 1050 or 1125 clinical hours depending on the specialty. 

Core Courses

All students complete 26 credits of courses (5000 level) that include:

  • Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (3)
  • Health Promotion (3)
  • Principles of Practice Management (3)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • General Research Methods (3)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • Biostatistics (3)

All students complete 25 hours of courses (6000 level) that include:

  • Interprofessional Collaboration (3)
  • Clinical Informatics (2)
  • Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (3)
  • Evidence Based Practice I (3)
  • Evidence Based Practice II: Methods & Techniques (3)
  • Leadership in Health Care (3)
  • Project Management (2)
  • Clinical and Capstone and Project (3)

The remaining credit hours include cognate, general and specialty courses required for each specialty and role option (5000 level).

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