Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

The Wehrheim School of Nursing is proud to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The Nursing Department has offered a highly-regarded Master of Science in Nursing degree since 1992 and a robust RN to BSN program with online and traditional formats.

The program is designed for busy Registered Nurses who already have a master's degree in a related area (MSN, MPH and others).  The MU Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) builds upon one's previous graduate education and healthcare experience.

Developed in line with the goals and objectives of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the program prepares individuals to lead healthcare change and translate evidence into practice, collaborate intra-professionally to improve patient care outcomes, as well as advocate and provide leadership for health policy.

The overall goal of the Millersville DNP program is to develop the next generation of nursing practice leaders who will have a positive impact on healthcare.

The program goals are as follows:

  • To prepare nurse leaders to use advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking to design evidence-based care to improve the health of our communities.
  • To position students to provide leadership in developing health care policy, which will influence access and delivery of services for improvement of care quality and patient outcomes.

Recent national and regional data collected by the well-respected Education Advisory Board (EAB) shows strong demand for nurses educated at the DNP level.  in some of the most populous states (California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania in the top five), and specifically in some of the Mid-Atlantic states including New York. As EAB reports “Employer demand for DNP-skilled nurses have increased over the last three years, both nationally and regionally.”

Admission Requirements:

  • Current RN License
  • Professional goal statement
  • Writing sample defining a specific issue or problem in nursing practice (APA 6th edition with references)
  • Current resume/CV
  • Letter of verification of graduate-level clinical hours from degree granting institution
  • Completed MSN, MPH or other related graduate degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Successful interview

About the Program:

  • Designed for part-time study
  • Cohort model
  • Fully remote program, mix of synchronous (via Zoom) and asynchronous learning; students participate in the on campus Scholarship Symposium in late April yearly 
  • 36 credits
  • 330 hours of clinical experiences and successful completion of a scholarly project
    • According to the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education, all DNP graduates must achieve a minimum of 1,000 post BSN education clinical hours. The number of hours needed will be individualized based on the number of hours completed in the student's graduate program.

** The program will have rolling acceptance of applications: for each summer’s cohort, full consideration will be made for those applications received by March 1.