Program Requirements

Hours: 36-39

NUR 800Theoretical & Philosophical Perspectives for Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 801Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 802Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 803Building Collaborative Relationships (3)

NUR 804Global Health Care Policy (3)

NUR 805Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)

NUR 820Administrative & Organizational Theory (3)

NUR 821Strategic Management and Financial Controls of Health Care Organizations (3)

NUR 823Nursing Practicum I (3-5)

NUR 824Nursing Practicum II (3-4)

NUR 832Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone (6)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the DNP program, applicants must meet the following criteria and complete the application process:

  • A Master of Science in Nursing degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited college or university that holds regional accreditation.  
  • A minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • “C” or higher in an undergraduate or graduate statistics course.  
  • Two years of clinical nursing experience to matriculate.  
  • Active RN license with no restrictions*

*Practicum & Capstone projects may depend on state of licensure

  • Official documentation of practicum hours from master’s degree granting institution
  • Acceptable criminal background check (prior to matriculation).  
  • TOEFL score per the University (as needed).

The following must be submitted as part of the application process:

  • A completed graduate application through NursingCAS ( – The Nursing Department at Mount St. Joseph University participates in the Nursing Centralized Application Service, known as NursingCAS. Applicants applying to the Nursing program apply online using the NursingCAS application. To learn more about the NursingCAS application process, please visit the NursingCAS website ( All applications must be submitted to NursingCAS by the listed deadline. 
  • A one-to-two page typewritten essay with reasons for seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree along with a statement of your professional goals.
  • Professional resume.
  • Names and contact information for two professional references.
  • Successful interview with the MSN/DNP Program Director or designee.*

*When all materials are submitted and reviewed, the program director or designee will contact you to arrange a time for an interview.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***