Elevate - Graduate Programs at Saint Marys"

Gain the tools to lead your practice. Be a part of an evolving field of medicine.
Catherine Shah, DNP Candidate

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Program Highlights

  • Tracks available
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Small class size
  • Accessible faculty
  • Primarily online
  • 2-3 courses per term
  • 1 weekend visit to campus each term
  • Completion of clinical work in your hometown
  • No tuition increase from term to term
  • No prior work experience required
  • No GRE required

Application Deadline March 31

Be an Agent of Change When Nursing Meets Social Entrepreneurship

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Saint Mary's College offers you a choice of dynamic tracks focusing on: adult-gerontology or family practice. In addition to advanced assessment, diagnosis and practice skills, you’ll gain expertise in data analytics, healthcare policy advocacy, and interprofessional collaboration for improving health outcomes. Men and women who complete our DNP program emerge ready to devise solutions to unmet healthcare needs — and lead meaningful change in a complex system. With a cutting-edge course in social entrepreneurship that leads into your capstone innovation project, you will utilize the principles of social entrepreneurship, the nursing process, design thinking, analytics, and existing evidence and standards to demonstrate collaboration and leadership in a scholarly project. Your project will focus on social justice through change, sustainability, and impact in the improvement of health outcomes.

"If I want to start my own practice, I have the entrepreneurial skills. You don't find that in other programs."

~Catherine Shah, DNP Student

Advance Your Nursing Practice

With just 2-3 classes per term, the primarily online program is designed to allow you to work and complete your course assignments just about anywhere, all with the support of the Saint Mary's community.  The DNP is available in three tracks: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

At the program’s conclusion, you will be eligible for licensure as a nurse practitioner. Additionally, with the completion of your track, you will be prepared to take a national exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to be certified as a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC).

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Nursing and innovation go hand in hand at Saint Mary's College preparing you to own nursing’s social entrepreneurial history and deliver sustainable project outcomes that have a positive impact on the health of populations, individuals, families and healthcare systems. The curriculum is grounded in the concepts of social entrepreneurship and data analytics to prepare you for collaborative leadership roles in a continuously evolving healthcare ecosystem.  Additionally, the curriculum supports the social/business entrepreneurial intersection with a foundation in the use big and small data sets to support DNP proposed solutions to identified social and health needs.