Saint Louis University's Doctor of Nursing Practice 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 master's degree in an advanced practice area such as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. We offer two options within the M.S.N.-D.N.P. program: Advanced Nursing Practice and Nurse Executive Leader.
This program offers:
SLU's post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program begins each year in August and requires a total of 28 credits beyond the M.S.N. At the discretion of the School of Nursing, you may be able to transfer five to six credits of comparable graduate-level coursework.
The curriculum provides flexible sequencing of courses that are offered online in the fall and spring semesters, with one course offered in the summer session. The program requires two visits to the St. Louis campus. The first visit is a two to three-day orientation at the beginning of the program. A second visit of one to two days is expected at the end of the program to present the required Doctor of Nursing Practice project. This project is based on your interest and synthesizes the knowledge you gain throughout the program. It will focus on a practice change initiative in risk reduction, such as a program evaluation, a quality improvement project, evaluation of a new practice model, a consulting project or a pilot study.
Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program are prepared to be nurse clinicians or educators. Graduates influence health policy at institutional, local, state and national levels and formulate strategies to maximize patient health.
Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing adheres to the principles of a holistic admission process in which selection criteria are broad-based and linked to our University’s and School’s mission and goals. While we do consider academic metrics we also look at applicant experiences, attributes, potential for success, and how applicants may contribute to the school’s learning environment and to the profession.
Saint Louis University School of Nursing accepts applications to the D.N.P. program from students living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Applying for the M.S.N.-D.N.P. program requires careful planning to ensure that all admission requirements are met. You may experience a delay in processing if the application instructions are not followed exactly as listed.
Please follow the six steps outlined below to apply:
Note: Students only need to submit one application option. Submitting the application directly through SLU is preferred but not required.
Option A: If you are completing the application through SLU please submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended in sealed envelopes to:
Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Option B: If you are completing the application through NursingCAS please submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended in sealed envelopes directly to NursingCAS. They will provide details when the application is initiated.
Submit three references (preferably master's or doctorally prepared nurses not related to you) who can speak to your potential for success in a doctorate-level nursing program.
Option A: If you are completing the application through SLU you will enter your references email address within the online application. Your references will receive an email with a recommendation form to complete and email back to Saint Louis University.
Option B: If you are completing the application through NursingCAS they will provide details when the application is initiated.
Attach your CV/résumé documenting your education, clinical nursing experience, and service to the nursing profession/community within the SLU or NursingCAS application.
Attach your professional goal statement within the SLU or NursingCAS application. The goal statement should outline your goals for doctoral study, research translation area of interest for the capstone project and your career goals. The statement should be one-to-two pages and double-spaced.
Attach a copy of your unencumbered registered nurse license in the state in which clinical experience will be done within the SLU or NursingCAS application.
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
Students should apply for the fall semester by May 1.
Applications will be reviewed shortly after the submission deadline. Applicants will have a decision six to eight weeks after that time.
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.
The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University offers scholarship and graduate research assistantship opportunities to eligible graduate students. Additionally, most nursing students will participate in a tuition assistance program provided through their employer.
For more information, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.
The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Valentine School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. To achieve its educational objectives, the school uses the hospitals within SSM Health and many health care organizations of greater St. Louis.
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|NURS 6110||Health Care Delivery Systems||3|
|NURS 6130||Interprofessional Collaboration||3|
|NURS 6140||Leadership in Health Care||3|
|NURS 6150||Clinical Informatics||2|
|NURS 6160||Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|NURS 6170||Evidence-Based Practice II||3|
|NURS 6960||Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Management||2|
|NURS 6961||Doctor of Nursing Practice Project||3|
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|Critical course: NURS 6150||Clinical Informatics||2|
|Critical course: NURS 6100||Health Care Policy and the Advanced Practice Nurse||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6160||Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6130||Interprofessional Collaboration||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6110||Health Care Delivery Systems||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6170||Evidence-Based Practice II||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6140||Leadership in Health Care||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6960||Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Management||1|
|Critical course: NURS 6961||Doctor of Nursing Practice Project||1|
|Critical course: NURS 5000||Epidemiology||3|
|Critical course: NURS 6960||Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Management||1|
|Critical course: NURS 6961||Doctor of Nursing Practice Project||2|